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Avril Lavigne postpones tour in Asia as musicians respond to COVID-19 outbreak

Avril Lavigne arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Avril Lavigne is among the latest musicians to postpone international tour dates in response to the growing number of coronavirus cases.The Canadian pop singer posted a message to fans on social media saying she would no longer be touring Asia in April and May due to the viral outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Mark Von Holden

TORONTO — Avril Lavigne is among the latest musicians to postpone international tour dates in response to the growing number of novel coronavirus cases.

The Canadian pop singer posted a message to fans on social media saying she would no longer be touring Asia in April and May due to the outbreak of the virus known as COVID-19.

She says her band and crew are “completely bummed out” by the decision, but that she encourages everyone to take care of themselves in the meantime.

Lavinge added that she hopes to announce rescheduled shows soon.

The decision comes as other acts pull back on their touring plans.

Montreal rockers Wolf Parade told ticketholders it would be “globally irresponsible and potentially risky” to carry on with their European and U.K. tour, while U.S. bands Green Day and the National are among the other performers who’ve sidelined plans for overseas.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2020.

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David Friend, The Canadian Press