Modanisa Istanbul Modest Fashion Week has been postponed due to the COVID-19, the organiser said in a statement on Thursday (Mar 12).
The annual event was scheduled to take place from Apr 2 to 5. Event sponsor and organiser Modanisa has not given a later date it will be moving to, saying it will return "once the threat of Coronavirus has receded".
This year would see the third edition of Istanbul Modest Fashion Week. The event is a highligt on the modest fashion industry calendar, gathering labels, designers, buyers, and thousands of participants.
Turkey confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Mar 10, prompting authorities to urge Turks not to go abroad unless compulsory, and advising travellers arriving in the country from affected countries to self-quarantine for 14 days.
"In light of these official advisaries, the serious threat to life posed by Coronavirus, and the international nature of IMFW, the organisers have decided to postpone the event until further notice," said Modanisa.
The postponement of IMFW follows that of other Islamic economy events including Malaysia's largest halal trade fair MIHAS and Halal Hannover.
COVID-19 confirmed cases globally reached 125,048 on Mar 12, according to data from the World Health Organisation. The coronavirus has so far taken the lives of 4,613 people. WHO described the oubreak as a pandemic on Mar 11.
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