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English Premier League Suspends Games Until 3 April Amid Coronavirus Fears

"Following a meeting of shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on April 4", the Premier League, FA, EFL, and WSL said in a joint statement.

In a separate statement, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters described the situation as "unprecedented", noting that the EPL aims to reschedule the displaced fixtures.

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Numerous precautions were earlier taken after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were diagnosed with coronavirus, sparking fears in the country. At the moment, there are 590 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, and the death toll from the infection is at least 10.

In the meantime, other European countries have also had to cancel mass gatherings, including sporting events, as the number of those infected continues to rise daily. In total, there are over 127,000 infected across the globe, and about 5,000 lives have been claimed by the disease.

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