Ciara latest musician to postpone show due to COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Ciara is the latest musician to postpone a concert because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Ciara, who is pregnant, was set to perform in Texas at the grand opening of the new Fort Hood USO on March 19 but announced on Saturday that the event is being postponed.

“With the continued spread of the coronavirus throughout the United States (US), as a pregnant woman, my doctors have advised me to limit travel and large group gatherings,” Ciara said in a statement.

“I am disappointed I won’t be able to return this month to the place where I was born, Ft Hood Texas, and put on the amazing show we had planned.” The grand opening of the new Fort Hood USO will now take place in the summer and the concert will be rescheduled for later this year.

“I urge everyone to be diligent in taking steps to stay healthy and safe,” Ciara said.

Ciara’s announcement comes a day after the organisers of Austin’s South by Southwest announced they had cancelled the annual arts and technology festival.

On Thursday, the three-day Ultra electronic dance music festival, originally planned for March 20-22 in Miami featuring David Guetta, and more, was officially postponed.

And Mariah Carey announced she was postponing a March concert in Honolulu to November because of the coronavirus.

Grammy-winning singer Ciara. PHOTO: AP