BTS reschedules part of world tour amid coronavirus outbreak

A string of dates in the US and Canada will now take place at a later date

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) J-Hope, SUGA, Jungkook, Jimin, RM, V, and Jin of the K-pop boy band BTS visit the "Today" Show at Rockefeller Plaza on February 21, 2020 in New York City.   Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/AFP
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K-pop super group BTS has postponed a number of upcoming tour dates amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The seven-piece boy band were due to play a string of North American dates, starting with a show in Santa Clara, California in late April. But on Thursday, it was announced that all shows from the North American leg of the tour would be rescheduled, with new dates to be confirmed shortly.

The tour was due to visit Pasadena, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington and Toronto, finishing in Chicago in early June.

An announcement from Big Hit Entertainment said that all tickets would be valid for the new dates. “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. We will share additional information regarding these new concert dates shortly,” a statement read. “We ask for your further patience and understanding as we continue to work to bring you the best and safest concert experience as soon as we can.”

At present, the rest of BTS’s world tour, which is due to see them visit Europe in July before going on to Japan, remains unchanged.

A number of tour dates in the band’s native South Korea were cancelled in February due to the Covid-19 outbreak, with would-be concertgoers choosing to donate their ticket refunds to the country’s coronavirus relief efforts, raising a reported half-a-billion won (Dh1.5 million).