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'The Amazing Race' Will Jog In Place For Now

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CBS has decided to temporarily halt production of the 33rd season of "The Amazing Race," citing uncertainty with the growing number of coronavirus cases around the world.

Variety writes that the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution," adding that no one involved with the show has come in contact with anyone with the virus and no one has shown symptoms of the disease.

'Increased Concerns and Uncertainty'

Variety released this statement from a spokesman at CBS:

“Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of ‘The Amazing Race’ have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series.

All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home. At this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it.

Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities.”

Contestants Had Been Traveling

Production of the 33rd season of "The Amazing Race" was only a couple of weeks in. They had shot three episodes, and a source said that contestants had traveled to England and Scotland before the show was halted.

The decision to suspend filming of "The Amazing Race" does make sense, since contestants must travel between countries.

Season 32 is already complete, but doesn't have a premiere date yet.

Just Containing the Coronavirus Is Tough

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Not much is known about the virus known as COVID-19, or coronavirus, and health officials the around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has up-to-date information on the virus. According to the CDC, areas that are the most affected include China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. The organization adds that the virus is currently not spreading in the United States.

Movie Premieres, Theme Parks Around the World Also Affected

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"The Amazing Race" might be one of the first U.S. TV productions that's interrupted by what could become a pandemic, but other movie premieres have also ben waylaid.

According to Variety, the China premieres of No Time To Die and Mulan were canceled. Movie premieres in Italy might also not take place due to concerns over coronavirus.

The musical acts Green Day and BTS have already canceled or postponed their concerts in response to COVID-19. Theme parks are also hurting, and it's unclear whether the 2020 Olympics will even take place.

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