The staging of Super Bowl LIV in Miami this Sunday, 2 February, has been thrown into doubt this morning, after Florida health officials said that events at which there were likely to be large gatherings of people should be given "the utmost consideration" before they were allowed to go ahead, in order to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus.
The game, which is scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, is likely to be attended by more than 65,000 fans, but the virus is known to be on the American continent, after a man in Seattle sought help last week, and four others have been diagnosed since.
An emergency meeting of state medical experts has predicted that just one infected person at the game could be responsible for the deaths of everyone on Earth within three months.
It's known that fans in large numbers like to travel to the Super Bowl ahead of gameday, to take in the atmosphere and enjoy themselves with family and friends, and the authorities are keen to come to a decision quickly, in order that people may avoid making unnecessary journeys to Miami.
A final decision is expected around 3pm on Thursday, and will be announced on TV stations across the US.