Worldwide, more than 90,000 people have now been infected and 3100 have died from the virus that originated in China.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the health and safety of the travelling parties was the No.1 priority in the decision to move the match.
“Our team [has] monitored the situation in China closely. We have taken advice from the Australian government, the World Health Organisation and our chief medical officer,” McLachlan said.
“It is evident that the coronavirus still poses a significant risk internationally and quite simply we will not compromise the health and safety of any of our clubs, supporters and AFL team members.
“I would like to thank both the Australian and Chinese governments, along with the St Kilda and Port Adelaide Football Clubs for their cooperation and shared view of ensuring the health and safety of all was paramount.”
Tickets purchased for the China match will be refunded, and tickets for the new scheduled timeslot will go on sale through Ticketmaster shortly.
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