Munich's Oktoberfest cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

  21 April 2020    Read: 1118
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German officials cancelled Oktoberfest on Tuesday amid concerns of spreading the coronavirus.

"The risk is simply too high," said the head of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, about the Munich festival in a statement.

The 187th annual event was due to be held from September 19 to October 4. It attracts as many as 6 million visitors donning traditional lederhosen and drinking beer. Organizers said that they expect next year's festival will see "a particularly beautiful and intensive celebration" to make up for it.


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