BEIJING (Reuters) - The Auto China show will be delayed by two weeks due to safety fears about the coronavirus that has killed 10 people in China, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.
Two of the victims were car salesmen in eastern Zhejiang province, where the vast majority of cases have been in recent weeks. One was in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, the other in Guizhou province.
The virus has caused nearly a dozen cases of meningitis that have been fatal and about one dozen other people, some of them in the cities of Changsha and Guiyang, had become critically ill.
Researchers had said that the virus may have been introduced by bats.
The three-day auto show in Beijing, scheduled to start March 8, will now open on March 10, Xinhua said.
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said they have seen no signs that the virus is transmitted from person to person.
No auto companies have yet said they have cancelled any projects due to the concerns, but there have been some warnings about additional vehicle checks at ports.
The auto show attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.