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UPDATE This rumor is now indeed 'fact.' Australian Grand Prix organizers, Formula 1 and the FIA have all agreed to cancel the season opener in Melbourne due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from the organizers read: "At 9:00am local time Friday the Australian Grand Prix Corporation was advised by Formula 1 of their intention to cancel all Formula 1 activity at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
"In light of this decision and updated advice this morning from the Chief Health Officer of the Victorian Government's Department of Human and Health Services, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation confirms the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is cancelled immediately.
"Last night a member of the McLaren Racing team tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A further seven individuals returned negative results, confirming that they do not have the COVID-19 virus.
"Additionally, a ninth individual has been assessed and tested for the COVID-19 virus, with the results of this test pending. This individual is not associated with any Formula 1 team, the FIA or associated suppliers.
"Our first priority is the safety of everyone including attendees, our personnel, all event partners and members of the local community.
"Further information regarding refunds for ticket holders will be communicated in due course."
03/12/20 This rumor is 'strong' and will likely soon go to 'fact' when announced.
This weekend's Australian Grand Prix is set to be called off following a team meeting in Melbourne on Friday night we hear.
Just hours after McLaren withdrew from the race following one of its staff members being confirmed as having coronavirus, and with team members from Haas, Alpha Tauri and Ferrari also suspected of having COVID-19, F1 team bosses got together to discuss next steps and the majority voiced the opinion that the race should be cancelled.
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