Coronavirus: Spain’s running of the bulls canceled amid pandemic

Running of the bulls canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

PAMPLONA, Spain — Officials in Spain have canceled an iconic event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Associated Press, the city of Pamplona said Tuesday that it won’t hold the annual San Fermin festival, known for its “running of the bulls,” this summer. The event originally had been scheduled for July.

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“No matter how expected it was, it does not stop us all from feeling sad,” the city’s acting mayor, Ana Elizalde, said in a statement on the city’s website. Mayor Enrique Maya recently tested positive for COVID-19, the AP reported.

The news came the same day that officials called off another well-known European festival. Authorities in Munich, Germany, canceled this year’s Oktoberfest, originally slated for Sept. 19 to Oct. 4.

As of Tuesday morning, Spain had reported at least 204,178 confirmed coronavirus cases and 21,282 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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People run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 12, 2019.
People run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)