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Travelers wear protective masks while walking through Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The World Health Organization raised its global risk assessment for the new coronavirus to "very high" from "high" as some countries struggle to contain the pathogen. Photographer: Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg Image Credit: Bloomberg

The Guadalajara International Film Festival, set to kick off in Mexico’s second biggest city late next week, will be postponed until further notice due to coronavirus fears, event organisers announced on Friday.

The decision to suspend the popular festival, planned for March 20 to 27, was taken due to “uncertainty generated by the spread of coronavirus in our country,” organisers said in a statement.