With the scare of coronavirus spreading across the countries, the 21st edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, which was scheduled to be held here at the end of the month, has been postponed in light of the coronavirus scare, organisers said on Friday (March 6).
IIFA, one of the most popular award functions in the country was scheduled to be held from March 27 to 29 at Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
International Indian Film Academy Awards: With due regard to the growing concerns around the spread of the #COVID19 virus and, after consulting the Madhya Pradesh government, it has been decided to postpone the event (originally scheduled at the end of March) to a later date. pic.twitter.com/zNQWMmBKsu
— ANI (@ANI) March 6, 2020
According to a statement issued by IIFA, “With due regard to the growing concerns around the spread of COVID-19 virus and keeping the health and safety of IIFAs fans and the general community at large, it has been decided to postpone the much-awaited IIFA Weekend and Awards 2020 celebrations, which were originally scheduled at the end of March.”
A fresh date and plan for hosting IIFA in the state will be announced at the earliest, an official said. So far no positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state.