Beijing Marathon postponed after number of Chinese Covid cases increases

Marathon in the capital the second victim of rising numbers after Wuhan race delayed

The Beijing Marathon will not return in 2021 after a rise in Covid cases in China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The Beijing Marathon will not return in 2021 after a rise in Covid cases in China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

 

The Beijing Marathon has been postponed indefinitely after Sunday’s race was called off amid rising Covid-19 cases in China, the BBC quoted organisers as saying.

Organisers said they were cancelling next weekend’s race “in order to prevent the risk of the epidemic spreading (and) effectively protect the health and safety of the majority of runners, staff and residents,” the BBC reported.

The marathon was set to return this year after it was suspended in 2020 due to Covid-19.

The Wuhan Marathon, which was due to be held last Sunday, was also called off with a new date yet to be determined.

China reported 43 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, up from 39 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Tuesday.

Confirmed cases in mainland China now total 96,840, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.

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