Russell Brand cancels stand-up gig amid coronavirus 'risk' after confirmed case at venue

Danny Thompson
Russell Brand performs live on stage during his 'Messiah Complex' tour at Jahrhunderthalle on February 9, 2014. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Russell Brand has issued an apology after cancelling a stand-up gig in Perth, Australia after someone who attended the venue on a previous date was confirmed to have had coronavirus (COVID-19).

The British comedian and actor was made aware of the reported case at Perth Concert Hall and confirmed on social media that he would not be performing at the venue as he is ‘not happy with risk’ posed.

Brand tweeted: “We have to sadly cancel tonight’s show in Perth because there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus in someone who attended a recent show and I am not happy with risk for me or for any of you. My apologies, I hope I see you soon.”

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The cancellation comes after the virus was confirmed in a woman in her 70s who returned to Australia Thursday (4 March) after being abroad, spending time in Cuba as well as six days in London.

However, upon returning to Perth the woman began getting symptoms on Friday, leading to her being tested positive late Saturday.

However, the woman remained active and visited several public places, one of which being the Perth Concert Hall where Brand was due to perform.

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Despite saying he is cancelling due to the risk, a statement posted to Facebook by venue management says the hall is safe – contrary to Brand’s comments.

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"Rest assured that Perth Concert Hall is open for business as usual.

"The venue has been fully cleaned in line with Government guidelines and all performances are proceeding as scheduled."

Authorities are now attempting to get in touch with anyone who came into contact with the woman during her flight into Perth, or anyone who may have sat near her during the performance she attended at the concert hall.