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Dutch broadcaster comments on possible cancelation of Eurovision-2020 due to Covid-19

Source : 112 Ukraine

The European Broadcasting Union has a backup plan in case of crisis situations
17:59, 26 February 2020

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Due to the hundreds of cases of infection with Covid-19 in Europe, famous Dutch virologist Ab Osterhaus doubted the feasibility of coming of dozens of thousands of people all over the world to Rotterdam for Eurovision-2020 until the spread of the virus is under control, as AD reported.

In her turn, the spokesperson of Rotterdam Ingrid Adriaanse said that the situation is estimated.

“We follow closely everything and we are ready for all possible risks and threats. On the basis of this fact, the estimation of the necessity of extra measures is held. However, currently, it is too early to comment on the possible scenarios,” Ingrid Adriaanse said.

Related: Winners of Ukraine’s National Selection for Eurovision 2020: Ten facts about Go_A

Besides, Eurovision representative Danny Wormer said that the Dutch broadcaster is guided by RIVM - National Institute for public health and the environment, not worlds of Mr. Osterhaus.

“This person is undoubtedly good at his job, but we follow the RIVM. If they say that there is a particular threat then we will assume measures. It is too early,” he said.

It is noted that the European Broadcasting Union has experience in the planning of emergency. It always has a backup plan in case the host city is subjected to terrorism, extreme weather phenomena, natural disaster or other circumstances that could disrupt the festival.

Related: Eurovision 2020: Ukraine lost few more positions in odds list

If the public aspect of the event will be canceled, it is likely that the show will continue in one form or another – whether it will be relocation to a TV studio or a performance in an empty arena.

As we reported, the Ukrainian participant at Eurovision 2020 was determined during the final of National Selection. According to the results of the final concert, the folk-band Go-A won.

On February 15, the semifinals of the national selection for Eurovision-2020 finished in Ukraine. Six participants entered the final on the results of the semifinals.

After the semifinals, Ukraine lost eight positions and occupied 20th place, according to the bookmakers.

Italy, Sweden, and Russia make TOP-3.

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