WWE Super ShowDown hit by coronavirus fears as Saudi Arabia fans wear face masks

WWE Super ShowDown has been hit by coronavirus fears as the fans in the crowd donned face masks.

Saudi Arabian fans watching the wrestling spectacular could be seen at ringside wearing the medical coverings.

Most fans were not wearing the masks, but scores of the blue masks could be seen in the crowd as they watched on.

WWE’s biggest stars – including The Undertaker , Goldberg and Brock Lesnar – have descended on the Mohammed Abdu Arena.

It comes as Saudi Arabia announced today it is taking emergency measures over coronavirus.

Coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people globally and killed almost 3,000 victims.

And on the same day WWE came to town, the kingdom announced it is barring foreigners from entering the nation due to the epidemic.

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Saudi Arabian officials have said the ban in temporary, but no date for lifting it has been given.

The decision also stops foreigners reaching holy sites such Mecca and the Kaaba.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said: “Saudi Arabia renews its support for all international measures to limit the spread of this virus, and urges its citizens to exercise caution before travelling to countries experiencing coronavirus outbreaks.

“We ask God Almighty to spare all humanity from all harm.”

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WWE Super ShowDown is the fifth event under the wrestling firm’s 10-year partnership with Saudi Arabia.

Controversy has dogged their partnership, with Saudi Arabia remaining a contentious figure on the world stage.

Vince McMahon’s company has defended its relationship with the Saudis, saying it hope to be a modernising force – and the deal is reportedly worth $450 million.

Natalya and Lacey Evans made history at WWE’s last event, booming the first professional wrestling women’s match to take place in Saudi Arabia.

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It comes as fears grow over the coronavirus in the Middle East, with the centre of the outbreak being in nearby Iran.

Iran is feared to have already lost control of the outbreak with hundreds of confirmed infections.

Numerous high profile officials in the country have also confirmed to have been infected – including the Vice President.

Health authorities worldwide are scrambling to combat the outbreak, which is feared to turn into a pandemic.

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Coronavirus wiped £152 billion off the FTSE this week as the global economy wobbles due to the virus.

England's chief medical officer has said while the coronavirus presents "some challenges", he does not think the world is facing anything on the level of the deadly Spanish flu in 1918.

Speaking to health professionals at the Nuffield Trust Summit in Windsor, Professor Chris Whitty said: "Occasionally things come along which, no matter how good your strategic aim is, will knock you off course for a while.

"We are not heading into a H1N1 1918 flu pandemic situation, but the coronavirus does present some challenges for us. It definitely will for a period. How big remains to be seen."

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The H1N1 influenza pandemic in 1918 is estimated to have killed at least 50 million people worldwide.

Prof Whitty went on: "The key point to make … is this is a global problem or it is nothing.

"If this becomes a global epidemic then the UK will get it, and if it does not become a global epidemic the UK is perfectly capable of containing and getting rid of individual cases leading to onward transmission."

He said onward transmission in the UK was "just a matter of time in my view".

"If it is something which is containable, the UK can contain it. If it is not containable, it will be non-containable everywhere and then it is coming our way", he added.

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Prof Whitty said there could be a "social cost" if the virus intensifies which could lead to the reduction of mass gatherings and school closures for more than two months.

He went on: "We are not saying we will do them, but we have to look at all of them …

"One of the things that's really clear with this virus, much more so than flu, is that anything we do we're going to have to do for quite a long period of time, probably more than two months.

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"The implications of that are non-trivial, so we need to think that through carefully.

"This is something we face as really quite a serious problem for society potentially if this goes out of control. It may not but if it does globally then we may have to face that."

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