Cycling exhibition in Bristol postponed amid coronavirus fears

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A cycling exhibition in Bristol has been postponed as concerns over the outbreaks of coronvirus continues to grow.

Bespoked, Europe’s biggest showcase of handmade bicycles, was due to be held in May at Brunel’s Old Station but has now been moved to October 16-18.

The show is a celebration of handmade bikes and cycling accessories from over 100 framebuilders and designers from across the globe.

It was confirmed today (March 6) that a case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Bristol.

The person was infected while in northern Italy and has been self-isolating at home since their return.

The number of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus across the whole of the South West has also risen to 22.

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing across both the UK and worldwide, the decision has been taken by the organisers of Bespoked to postponed the event.

According to Singletrackworld.com, they said in a statement: “Bespoked is a celebration of our global community and under the shadow of the coronavirus it feels this celebration will be severely compromised.

“The show attracts exhibitors, visitors and press from around the world and with travel being restricted and concerns about the spread of the virus, the May show would not be the enjoyable event for which it is renown.

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The coronavirus under a microscope (Image: NIAID-RML via AP)

“The safety and enjoyment of all who attend Bespoked is paramount.

“Taking into account current information and guidelines from the World Health Organisation, NHS and the UK Government and listening to the concerns of our exhibitors the decision has been made to postpone the show to mid-October.

“Bespoked will be held October 16-18 at the same venue of Brunel’s Old Station and Engine Shed, Bristol.

“Exhibitors spaces will be carried over to the new dates.

“If anyone has any questions or the new dates present a difficulty, please contact Phil directly or email info@bespoked.cc.”

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Advice to returning travellers

Travellers returning to the UK from Iran, the Hubei province in China, lockdown zones in northern Italy and special care zones in South Korea are being advised to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.

Others returning from the following places are being advised the same if they have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if their symptoms are mild:

  • Mainland China outside of Hubei province
  • Italy outside of the lockdown areas
  • South Korea outside of the special care zones
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
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South Korean soldiers spray antiseptic solution (Image: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include fever and cough that can progress to severe pneumonia. This can cause shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The virus causes more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

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