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The NBA suspends its season after a player tests positive for coronavirus


The announcement came after a player tested positive

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The National Basketball League announced that it is suspending the season indefinitely on Wednesday over coronavirus fears.

The announcement was posted to the league's official social media account.

"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice," read the statement.

"The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic," it added.

The announcement came after a game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was canceled when a player tested positive in a preliminary test for coronavirus. The statement indicates that the player was not in the arena when the game was canceled.

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt called the development "astounding" and "unprecedented."

Other games that were already in progress continued on Wednesday evening, but they were expected to be the last ones to be played until the NBA reconvenes the season.

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