For the first time in 25 years, one of China's most high-profile, annual political gatherings known as the "Two Sessions" are almost guaranteed to be postponed as efforts continue to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reports that the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress will meet next Monday to discuss delaying its annual gathering that was to begin on March 5th.
Xinhua says the move is for the country to further focus on controlling the outbreak.
A third of China's national legislators are local government officials who're currently working on containing the epidemic.
In addition, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference has also discussed postponing its full meeting that was scheduled to start on March 3rd.
It was widely seen that the "Two Sessions" would be delayed as it normally involves around 5-thousand people even up to 8-thousand people, including administrative staff, getting together in Beijing and it would prompt concerns on possible cross infections.
However, delaying the "Two Sessions" is still quite unprecedented as it has been held in early March every year since 1995.
Even during the 2003 SARS outbreak, the "Two Sessions" were still held in March.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.