The desicion followed the detection of the virus in one of the players.
A Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19 following which all NBA games have been suspended until further notice. The news of the player being detected with the virus emerged shortly before the game between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City and it led to the game being suspended with immediate effect.
The statement released by NBA said: "The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, Wednesday's game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena."
"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."
Meanwhile, WHO has declared Coronavirus a pandemic has advised people to practice caution and follow the measures prescribed by them. There are over 1300 confirmed cases of coronavirus in America so far and the number of deaths so far has been 38. Other gaming authorities like the NHL are also monitoring the situation closely and may take the necessary action in the coming days.