The 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection originating from Wuhan, China is on the minds of many in Canada. Two Metro Vancouver Lunar New Year events were stopped due to rising concerns over the virus. Even though some events were cancelled, most are still proceeding and the risk to the public is low according to the Canadian Government.

Citing worries over the spread of the Coronavirus, Lunar New Year events hosted by the Chinese Village Club and Live in Langley Chinese Association have been cancelled.

The Chinese Village club had events planned at the Surrey Semiahmoo mall, Windsor Square, and the Surrey Museum.

"Since there are some family members coming back from China recently, we are very afraid of have potential virus carrier among them," said the Chinese Village Club in a message to Semiahmoo mall, reported Global News.

Similarly, Live in Langley Chinese Association had planned a gala at the Christian Life Association Church. On their cancelled event page, they've written: "This event was canceled as coronavirus concern spreads!"

Concerns in Canada have grown since the first presumptive case of coronavirus was reported in Toronto. As a precaution, major Canadian airports have begun screening travellers for the virus.

Stores in Vancouver are selling out of face masks.

Outside of Canada, the virus has led to 56 deaths and over 2,000 infections within China. Cases of the virus have appeared in Australia, France, and the United States.

While fears escalate on social media, most Chinese New Year Events in Vancouver are carrying on.

A major celebration at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond has proceeded according to plans. However, they've seen a dip in attendance due to coronavirus concerns, reports City News 1130.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver hosted its Chinese New Year parade on Sunday, January 26, undeterred by the virus. We reached out for comment but they said they were too busy with the parade to speak.

The Lunar New Year is China's most important festival.

Celebrations span 23 days starting on Thursday, January 23. The actual holiday on Saturday, January 25, celebrates the arrival of the year of the Rat.

Common ceremonies include putting up red-coloured decorations, spending quality time with family, setting off fireworks, and gifting red envelopes stuffed with money to relatives.

Public celebrations include dragon and lion dances, parades, and more.

Currently, Canada and B.C., in particular, are labelled as being at low risk for Coronavirus. However, patients in Quebec and B.C. are currently being monitored for symptoms.

Narcity has reached out to Semiahmoo Mall, the Christian Life Assembly Church, the Chinese Village Club, and Aberdeen Mall for comment and will update this article.

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