THE CORONAVIRUS Outbreak has led to both the upcoming local elections and mayoral elections including the 2020 Mayoral Election in London being cancelled and set back by a year to deal with the spread of the virus.
In a statement, a government spokesperson stated that ‘we will also work with the devolved administrations to ensure that they have the necessary powers’ to push back their local elections, after necessary legislation is passed at a national level to do as well. London Mayor Sadiq Khan also welcomed the move. Both were meant to be held in May of this year.
This information comes as various other events have been pushed back because of the virus, including numerous sporting events (most notably the Premier League football tournament up until the 4th of April) and film openings, including those of the upcoming remake of Disney’s Mulan and the latest James Bond outing No Time To Die, which are set to be released later this year, with the former yet to be confirmed and the latter for November this year.
The current death toll of the virus is at 5,420 out of 145,508 confirmed cases. So far, nearly half of those infected have fully recovered, with 70,956 examples of such instances.