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The Latest: 3 more MotoGP races canceled because of virus

By The Associated Press
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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year.

The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.

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Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.

Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15.

They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October.

The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.

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Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.

The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation.

Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.”

Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”

The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.

The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.

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