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Air Force decides not to take part in Singapore airshow due to coronavirus outbreak

All News 14:18 February 03, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- The Air Force said Monday that it has decided not to participate in an upcoming international airshow in Singapore as part of precautions against the new coronavirus.

The Air Force's Black Eagles had planned to take part in the biennial Singapore Airshow 2020 from Feb. 11-16, but decided not to do so and notified Singapore of the decision, according to the military.

"It is part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and to guarantee the safety of service personnel," the Air Force said in a release.

South Korea has recorded 15 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, though no suspected or confirmed cases have been reported among service personnel. Singapore reported 18 cases.

The air show is expected to bring together more than 1,000 companies from 50 countries, as well as around 55,000 trade participants, according to its organizer.

In this file photo from Oct. 22, 2019, T-50B jets of the South Korean Air Force's Black Eagles Acrobatic Team fly in formation at the 2019 Sacheon Airshow. (Yonhap)

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