Concerts and shows are being canceled, not just in China but across much of Asia, as a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 300 people and reached more than 20 countries spooks the entertainment industry. Performances have been called off or postponed in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macao over concern that people could be infected by the virus that first appeared in the central China city of Wuhan.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra called off its Asia tour, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic canceled five concerts. Cantopop veteran Andy Lau canceled long-awaited concerts in Hong Kong, with the organizer saying it’s important to protect the health and safety of the audience. It’s unclear whether Lau will proceed with an April concert in Wuhan.
Popular Hong Kong singers Leon Lai and Miriam Yeung also postponed their February concerts in Macao and Singapore, respectively. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai postponed her show in China, according to her official account on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform.