Chinese New Year

A woman wearing a protective face mask visits a store selling Chinese New Year decorations in Hong Kong on Thursday.

The Nebraska Chinese Association has postponed the Nebraska Chinese New Year gala.

Originally scheduled for Feb. 3 at the Holland Center, the celebration is being pushed back because the performing arts group National Beauty: Song and Dance Troupe of China postponed their U.S. tour over concerns about the new coronavirus.

“We are not canceling our event, we just want to wait until this outbreak in China has passed,” the president of the Nebraska group, Linda Steele said in a statement. “Both the NCA and performing arts group from China feels this is the best move for public safety.”

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. Others have evolved into more severe illnesses, such as SARS and MERS, but so far, the new virus does not appear to be as deadly or contagious.

The death toll in China reached at least 80 on Sunday. Hundreds of cases have been confirmed in China since an outbreak began last month in the city of Wuhan.

jwade@owh.com, 402-444-1067

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