Tech & Science Mobile World Congress officially cancelled due to coronavirus fears

04:10  13 february  2020
04:10  13 february  2020 Source:   bgr.com

Sony and Amazon pull out of Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus risk

  Sony and Amazon pull out of Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus risk Trade show bans visitors who’ve recently been to China“Sony has been closely monitoring the evolving situation following the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30th, 2020,” Sony says in a statement posted to its website. “As we place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.

“With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event

Organizers on Wednesday officially canceled Mobile World Congress , the world ’s biggest cell phone show. After weeks of major companies pulling out of the Barcelona trade show due to fears about the coronavirus (COVID-19. as the World Health Organization, aka WHO, is now calling it)

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This year’s Mobile World Congress — which was slated to kick off on February 27, has officially been cancelled by GSMA due to ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus. In a statement provided to Bloomberg, GSMA CEO John Hoffman said that holding the trade show this year would be “impossible” given that the virus is still spreading.

MWC is the largest mobile trade show in the world and is where some of the biggest names in tech traditionally show off their latest and greatest products. And while the event takes place in Barcelona, the potential for infections to spread was so great as to make holding the conference untenable.

Intel joins Sony and Amazon withdrawals from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus risk

  Intel joins Sony and Amazon withdrawals from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus risk Trade show bans visitors who’ve recently been to China“The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution,” said an Intel spokesperson in a statement published by Venturebeat. NTT similarly stressed the need to protect customers, partners, and staff, according to Reuters.

Mobile World Congress , the wireless industry’s annual showcase, typically attracts 100,000 representatives from technology companies, carriers, and The cancelation is the latest blow to the tech industry from the coronavirus , officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

The wireless industry scrapped its biggest annual showcase after the coronavirus outbreak sparked an exodus of participants, roiling telecom companies just as they’re preparing to roll out new 5G He SAW calendar invites being canceled for meetings. This was bound to happen.

On a related note, a report from earlier today relayed that the coronavirus might end up slowing down mass production on the iPhone 12 on account of factory closings.

While the coronavirus originated in China, the number of countries where infections have been reported has continued to increase over the past few weeks. As it stands now, more than 25 countries have confirmed coronavirus infections, with the World Health Organization noting that presents a “very grave threat for the rest of the world.” To date, more than 1,100 people have died on account of the virus while more than 45,000 people have been infected, most of whom reside in China.

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