London-based luxury fashion brand Burberry canceled its invitations to many South Korean celebrities as well as employees of Burberry Korea as a preventive measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19).
The news was announced by an official of the fashion brand through a press release on Tuesday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
“As preventive measures, Burberry canceled its invitations to Burberry workers in Asia. In line with that, Burberry decided to take the same step for our guests to ensure their safety,” the press release wrote, further noting that the decision was made with prior discussions with guests.
South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in and actress Gong Hyo-jin were supposed to attend the show before their invitations were canceled. Celebrities from other parts of Asia, including China, Japan and Hong Kong. London Fashion Week 2020 was held from Feb. 14-18, with the Burberry show taking place on Monday.
There are 75,223 people infected with the virus globally and 2,012 deaths have been recorded. As of this writing, South Korea has 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Worldometers.