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The statement added Bahrain’s early actions to “prevent, identify and isolate” cases of individuals with coronavirus have been “extremely successful” so far.
“Aggressive social distancing measures have further increased the effectiveness of preventing the virus’ spread, something that would clearly be near impossible to maintain were the race to have proceeded as originally planned,” it read.
“We know how disappointed many will be by this news, especially for those planning to travel to the event, which has become a cornerstone event of the international F1 calendar, but safety has to remain our utmost priority.”
The Italian government, meanwhile, added further concerns for F1’s opening races on Saturday night when they announced anyone living in several of its northern regions would be quarantined.
Individuals from those areas must be granted special permission to travel until April 3 – and Ferrari are based in Modena, one of the worst-affected regions.
The Australian GP, on March 15, is still set to go ahead as planned – with spectators.