Coronavirus is wreaking havoc and the recent movements in the tech world is clear proof of that. After LG, Sony, Intel, ZTE, Vivo, HMD Global, and others canceled their respective events citing coronavirus, this comes as a shock considering the magnitude of the Mobile World Congress.
QuickTake by Bloomberg announced the breaking news. The main reason for all these companies backing out of the event is 2019 Coronavirus, a.k.a COVID-19 outbreak. As mentioned, many firms believed that the virus is a potential health risk for thousands of employees and attendees as well.
JUST IN: The 2020 Mobile World Congress has been canceled by GSMA because of #coronavirus fears.
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) February 12, 2020
GSMA CEO, John Hoffman, said: “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has canceled 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. The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision. The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.”
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe have been attending the annual conference to watch tech companies unveil their latest offerings. They spend millions of dollars to prepare for the event. Coronavirus has officially infected over 42,000 people, the most in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei Province in China. The death toll has now crossed 1,300.