February 28, 2020 / 4:23 PM / in a month

UPDATE 1-French fashion label Agnes B cancels Paris show due to coronavirus

(Adds other cancellations)

PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) - French Agnes B joined on Friday the list of fashion houses that have cancelled shows at Paris Fashion Week due to coronavirus outbreak that has reached multiple countries around the world.

Six Chinese designers, inculding Jarel Zhan and Masha Ma, have already cancelled shows at the Paris event scheduled to run until March 3.

Fashion labels such as Balenciaga, Valentino, Chanel and Louis Vuitton have planned to unveil their Winter 2020 collections this weekend and next week.

In Milan, Italian house Armani has staged show behind closed doors and French Chanel and Italian Prada already have cancelled shows in China over epidemic spread fears.

The rapid rise in the coronavirus raised fears of a pandemic on Friday, with six countries reporting their first cases and the World Health Organization warning it could spread worldwide.

The spread also prompted Switzerland to cancel the giant Geneva car show. (Reporting by Sarah White; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Alison Williams and Louise Heavens)

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