Triton Poker SHR Series South Korea Stop Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Fears

Triton Poker have cancelled their upcoming Super High Roller series stop in Jeju, South Korea following the recent Coronavirus outbreak, stating: Our prayers are with the families of those that have lost their lives and for the ones fighting the virus

By: Andrew Burnett

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) now calling the Coronavirus outbreak a “Public Health Emergency”, the decision by Triton Poker was taken “with a heavy heart”.

At the time of writing, there have been 9810 confirmed cases of the virus in China, resulting in 213 deaths and 171 patients who have recovered.

Outside of China, official numbers show 114 confirmed cases across 20 countries – as far apart as Australia and Canada - with 11 of these in South Korea, where Triton’s season-opener was due to take place.

According to the WHO, “there are still many unknowns, cases have now been reported in five WHO regions in one month, and human-to-human transmission has occurred outside Wuhan and outside China.”

The WHO’s recent statement says: “…it is still possible to interrupt virus spread, provided that countries put in place strong measures to detect disease early, isolate and treat cases, trace contacts, and promote social-distancing measures commensurate with the risk."

A South Korean Health Ministry press release today was aimed at ‘correcting misunderstandings about the disease’, according to AP – stating that Kimchi, the popular Korean spicy, fermented cabbage dish, provides ‘no protection against the Coronavirus’.

Triton Poker themselves released an announcement stating: “The safety of our players and support staff remains our utmost priority."

They added: “Coupled with our duty to do everything we can in our power to prevent the virus from spreading, we’ve taken the difficult but correct stop of postponing the event with immediate effect."

Triton Poker have stated: “Another official announcement in regards to the potential resurrection of the event will be made on February 10th, 2020.”

What is Coronavirus?

The ‘Coronavirus’ in the news is actually one of seven identified strains of Coronavirus, of which SARS is one of the best-known.

The 2002 outbreak of SARS killed 800 people globally and has 80% similarity with the current version of the virus.

The virus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure, while common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

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