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

11:26  10 february  2020
11:26  10 february  2020 Source:   theverge.com

LG Electronics is withdrawing from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus

  LG Electronics is withdrawing from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus The second big company to cancel its MWC appearance“With the safety of its employees and general public foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain. This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised,” an LG spokesperson said in a statement given to The Verge. “In lieu of its participation in MWC, LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products.

Amazon is the latest major company to pull out of one of the world 's largest tech shows because of risks posed by coronavirus . Amazon said " due to the outbreak and continued concerns about the new coronavirus " it would no longer take part in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson has pulled out Mobile Word Congress because of fears around the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. In a statement on Friday morning, February 7, Ericsson confirmed it would not be attending MWC this year due to concerns over employee and customer health and

Sony and Amazon are the latest companies to cancel their presence at Mobile World Congress 2020 due to the new coronavirus outbreak. LG, ZTE, Nvidia, and Ericsson have already cancelled various events that were set to take place at MWC in Barcelona, which is the biggest mobile technology trade show on the annual calendar.

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“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.”

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.

to pull out of the 2020 Mobile World Congress ( MWC ) over concerns about the coronavirus The technology convention is due to take place in Barcelona at the end of this month and is one of the “LG Electronics is closely monitoring the situation related to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was “This decision removes the risk of exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel

BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) - Amazon .com Inc (O:AMZN) has pulled out of this month's Mobile World Congress because of the coronavirus outbreak, in Amazon had planned a significant presence through its cloud computing arm AWS, which was due to host a full-day conference track on the first

Amazon, meanwhile, tells TechCrunch that “due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain.”

Amazon has not historically had a major consumer-focusing presence at MWC. Sony, on the other hand, often uses the show to reveal its most important mobile devices. Last year, for example, the company announced its Xperia 1 flagship phone at the show.

Yesterday the GSM Association, which organizes MWC, put out an updated statement detailing further countermeasures it is taking against the spread of the coronavirus. No travelers from China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak began, will be permitted access to the event, while anyone who’s visited other regions of China will need to prove that they have been out of the country for 14 days beforehand. With MWC set to start in two weeks today, that is likely to complicate the plans of several Chinese companies that were planning to attend.

Overwatch League cancels South Korean matches due to coronavirus .
A week-and-a-half after it said it would host a slate of cancelled Overwatch League matches in Seoul, South Korea, Blizzard is now postponing those games as well. The move comes after a surge in Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the East Asian country. Like the matches the company had planned to host in Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai, Blizzard says it's delaying the rescheduled games to "protect the health and safety of our players, fans and staff." Blizzard will now need to find a place to place to host the league's weeks five, six and seven games, with a specific schedule coming sometime in the future.

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