AceShowbiz - The American Film Institute is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala due fears surrounding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The organisation had planned to honour "The Sound of Music" actress and singer Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award on April in Los Angeles, California.
However, the event is expected to be rescheduled to early summer, as growing concerns surrounding the illness which are wreaking havoc with several large events worldwide.
"AFI's decision to postpone the event is simply in response to the rapidly evolving nature of current events and our promise to ensure the well-being of the artists and audience that gather each year to celebrate America's art form," said AFI CEO and president Bob Gazzale.
"This move will allow our full attention to focus on the many gifts that Julie Andrews has given the world."
Worldwide, more than 106,000 cases of coronavirus have been registered, with more than 3,600 fatalities.