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BTS postpones US, Canada tour over virus


South Korea boy band BTS will postpone its North America tour by two months, until June, due to concerns over the coronaviru­s pandemic, its management said last week.

The seven-member K-pop hit group was scheduled to begin its tours in the United States and Canada on April 25 in Santa Clara, including stops in Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington and Toronto before wrapping up in Chicago.

It is now reschedule­d to kick off on June 6, Big Hit Entertainm­ent said, adding that all reserved tickets remain valid.

“We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of all local government­s regarding public events to ensure we are providing a safe environmen­t for everyone involved as we continue to update our tour plans,” Big Hit said in a statement on the fan community app called Weverse.

The delay came as the United States surpassed China and Italy as the country with the most coronaviru­s cases, with thousands of new infections per day. Last month, BTS cancelled its Seoul concert, also scheduled for April, as South Korea was grappling with its own outbreak.

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