K-pop group BTS have pulled the plug on their upcoming shows in South Korea following the Coronavirus outbreak.

The seven-piece boyband were due to perform a number of concerts in April in their home country, but have had to cancel as the number of cases in South Korea has passes 2,000 and counting.

Currently seen as one of the biggest acts in the world, they were billed to play four gigs at the capital's Olympic Stadium to promote their new release, Map of the Soul: 7.

It was estimated over 200,000 fans were set to attend, however, the shows have been scrapped as their agency Big Hit Entertainment confirmed the news.

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In a Friday statement, the band’s label said the Coronavirus "has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April."

It was "impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak", it said, creating so much uncertainty it was "unavoidable" the shows were cancelled "without further delay".

"We must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists," it added.

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Their latest album Map of the Soul: 7, which dropped last week, smashed records as it became the most ordered South Korean album of all time, with more than four million copies sold before its release.

News of their cancelled performance comes after the East Asian country reported 571 new coronavirus cases on Friday, raising the national total to 2,337 cases – the largest outbreak outside of mainland China.

It has reported 13 deaths – many of the cases are linked to a religious group in the country's south.

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South Korea's total is expected to rise further after checks began on more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which has been linked to around half of the nation's cases.

Meanwhile, K-league football season and the World Team Table Tennis championships have all been affected, while museums and other public venues have closed.

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