Coronavirus: Stormzy reschedules part of world tour over outbreak fears

13 February 2020, 12:31 | Updated: 13 February 2020, 13:40

Stormzy has rescheduled part of his world tour due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The grime star said he would "regrettably" have to move a number of Asia gigs which were scheduled for March as part of his Heavy is the Head tour.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH World tour to Asia and playing some epic sold out shows but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the coronavirus, I'm regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour."

"I promise I'll be back," he added.

The affected shows are in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China and South Korea.

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The announcement comes as more than 1,300 people are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

The majority of the deaths are concentrated in mainland China, although there has also been one death in the Philippines, another in Japan and one person has died in Hong Kong.

The latest developments on the coronavirus:

  • The chief executive of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens, has said that many more people in the UK may need to self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Some 83 people held in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside are being allowed to go home. All had tested negative for the coronavirus after returning from Wuhan, China.
  • The UK's ninth case of coronavirus was confirmed in London on Wednesday evening.
  • A further 44 people on quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess have tested positive for COVID-19. The ship is docked at a port in Japan.