China continues to grapple with Coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 1,700 lives; decides to postpone annual Parliament session scheduled to be held in March
New Delhi: China is considering a rare move to postpone its annual Parliament session for the first time in decades, as the government attempts to contain an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
The session was scheduled to to be held in early March as the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 1,700 lives.
According to reports, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) will meet on February 24 to consider a delay of the annual meeting, which was planned to convene on March 5.
But amid the spread of the coronavirus, the NPC Standing Committee is to discuss postponing this year's NPC plenary session.
The postponement is reportedly being contemplated as the coronavirus continued its virulent run, though officials say it is slowing down.
Many top officials who would normally attend the meeting are consumed with tackling the virus in their home regions.