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Technology Amazon is the latest to pull out of MWC over coronavirus worries

04:50  10 february  2020
04:50  10 february  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Nvidia drops out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus worries

  Nvidia drops out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus worries LG and Ericsson had already said they wouldn't be attending this year's edition of Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile trade show."Given public health risks around the coronavirus, ensuring the safety of our colleagues, partners and customers is our highest concern," the company said in a blog post.

Mobile World Congress just lost another one of its biggest names over coronavirus fears. Amazon has withdrawn from the tech trade show over the LG, NVIDIA and Ericsson had already pulled out of the how in recent days. Samsung is also believed to have scaled back its presence, although it

Amazon is the latest major company to pull out of one of the world 's largest tech shows because of risks posed by coronavirus . However, it revealed that it had put in place additional measures to "reassure attendees and exhibitors that their health and safety are our paramount concern".

Mobile World Congress just lost another one of its biggest names over coronavirus fears. Amazon has withdrawn from the tech trade show over the "outbreak and continued concerns" around the virus. The company was going to the late February event to push Amazon Web Services rather than anything consumer-facing, but it's still a big blow when MWC has already lost multiple companies.

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LG, NVIDIA and Ericsson had already pulled out of the how in recent days. Samsung is also believed to have scaled back its presence, although it should still have a footprint at the show. Huawei and ZTE are still attending despite the outbreak having its roots in China, although they've told Chinese staff to isolate themselves and have pulled in European workers to cover for employees who can't go.

Amazon pulls out of MWC 2020, citing coronavirus concerns

  Amazon pulls out of MWC 2020, citing coronavirus concerns The e-commerce titan joins LG, Ericsson and Nvidia in skipping Mobile World Congress this year.Reuters reported Sunday that multiple Spanish media outlets, including Spain's second largest paper El Mundo, have confirmed Amazon will skip MWC 2020 "due to the outbreak and continuing concerns about the new coronavirus.

BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) - Amazon .com Inc has pulled out of this month's Mobile World Congress because of the coronavirus outbreak, in another blow to one of the telecom industry's biggest gatherings which attracts over 100,000 visitors to Barcelona.

Amazon will not be attending MWC 2020, citing fears over coronavirus . Amazon joins a number of big exhibitors that have already pulled out of the world 's largest mobile trade show, including First disclosed in late December, the virus has infected over 37,000 people and killed over 800 as of Feb.

MWC has maintained that the trade show will go on, but it's implementing measures that include an outright ban on guests from China's Hubei province (where the outbreak began), temperature screening and proof that people who've been to China haven't been to the country in the past 14 days.

There's a lot of time to go between now and MWC's February 24th start, though, and the rapid-fire departures raise questions about what the show will be like by opening day. Although there are still major names left, there's now a greater temptation for them to bow out -- both because of the coronavirus and the absence of would-be business partners.

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MWC 2020 is cancelled due to coronavirus concerns .
MWC, the smartphone industry's biggest annual trade show, won't happen this year. On Wednesday, the GSMA, the organization that puts together the event, said it's cancelling MWC 2020 over coronavirus-related concerns. The trade show was scheduled to run between February 24th and 27th. According to Bloomberg, the GSMA said the coronavirus outbreak has made it "impossible" to host the event as planned. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended MWC. Many of those individuals were either based in China or worked for Chinese companies. The coronavirus has hit China hardest of all.

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