COVID-19 effect: Cannes Film Festival 2020 postponed

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Paris, March 20 (IANS) The 73rd edition of The Cannes Film Festival has been postponed in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

The festival’s organisers on Thursday issued a statement, confirming the delay in the gala, which was scheduled to take place in May, reports deadline.com.

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“At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease.

“Today, we have made the following decision : The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June to beginning of July 2020,” the statement read.

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Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, on March 8, the French government banned public gatherings of more than 1,000 people to limit the spread of the disease.

–IANS

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