Miley Cyrus Cancels Bushfire Benefit Concert Due to Coronavirus Concerns

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Miley Cyrus attends the Tom Ford AW20 show at Milk Studios on Feb. 7, 2020 in Hollywood, Calif.

An all-star Australian bushfire benefit concert is the latest to succumb to the global health crisis.

Miley Cyrus was due to headline the World Tour Bushfire Relief concert at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium this Friday (March 13), with a bill featuring Lil Nas X, The Veronicas and Seb Fontaine.

The U.S. pop star, however, won’t make the trip due to the coronavirus outbreak and the concert “can no longer go ahead,” reads a statement issued Tuesday (March 10) by TEG Dainty, co-producer of the show.

“I am so disappointed to not be there, but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew,” reads a message from Cyrus. “I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire. I’m sorry to miss everyone in Australia, but I will be back soon."

The decision to not travel was based on the recommendations of local, state, federal and international government authorities, including the Center for Disease Control, she continues.

The World Tour Bushfire Relief concert, a partnership between Apollo World Touring, TEG Dainty, Westbrook Inc., and World Tour global sponsor AgBioEn, was set up to raise funds to restore communities and wildlife habitats and “transform the way we manage our forests.”

At least 100 Australians are now infected with the COVID-19 virus, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday, with three confirmed fatalities.

It’s currently “business as usual” for the country’s live entertainment landscape, “although we are keeping a very careful watch on what is a rapidly evolving situation,” notes Evelyn Richardson, CEO of Live Performance Australia, the national trade body for the live entertainment sector.