The AFL will keep a close eye on the coronavirus in China ahead of the game in Shanghai. Picture: AFL Photos

THE AFL is preparing to proceed with its May match in Shanghai but will seek advice from the Australian government and the World Health Organisation after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. 

St Kilda is fixtured to face Port Adelaide at Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium, on May 31, with the League expecting the game to go ahead.

"The AFL will take advice from the Australian government and World Health Organisation regarding any safety precautions related to the coronavirus," a statement said. 

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"The St Kilda vs Port Adelaide match scheduled to be played in Shanghai on May 31 will go ahead as planned.

"The situation will continue to be monitored with the relevant health and safety precautions being exercised."

The coronavirus is believed to have claimed the lives of over 100 people with more than 4500 cases confirmed in China.

The epicenter of the virus is Wuhan, which is located more than 800km from Shanghai.

It was reported on Wednesday the first two cases of human-to-human transition of the virus have been detected, with one case in Germany and one in Japan arising.