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Final Hillsborough memorial service postponed due to coronavirus

Liverpool fans at Anfield (Getty Images)
Liverpool fans at Anfield (Getty Images)

The final memorial service for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool Football Club announced on Tuesday.

Britain's worst sporting tragedy, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on 15 April, 1989, had an eventual death toll of 96. Fans were crushed to death on the standing terraces.

"The Hillsborough memorial service planned to take place at Anfield on Wednesday 15 April, 2020 to mark the 31st anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster has been postponed," said a statement on Liverpool's website.

Margaret Aspinall, who chairs the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said she hoped people would say a prayer for the families and the victims.

"In light of recent events, a decision was made collectively by the families to postpone our final memorial service at Anfield," she said in the statement.

"We wish to keep as many people safe as possible and we believe this is the right approach."

She said the plan was to hold the event at a later date.

More than 1 500 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Britain and more than 50 people have died. But health officials said last week the number of infections could be as high as 10 000.

Britain on Monday stepped up its response to the crisis, recommending household isolation, home-working and an end to mass gatherings.

- TEAMtalk media

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