MWC cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Mobile World Congress cancelled due to coronavirus

MWC cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

The organisers of the congress, the global association of manufacturers of mobile devices, will meet on Friday to decide if extra measures need to be taken to guarantee the safety of the event, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

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Since its outbreak late previous year, the coronavirus has spread beyond China's borders to more than two dozen countries.

Canalys' Peng said many companies, both big and small, may need some time to recover from losses incurred in the canceled event in Barcelona.

In the UK, NHS advice is that anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.

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There are no plans to cancel MWC 2020 this year, but with enough big names already pulling out of the event, it might be a wise decision. Major companies including Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, HMD, Intel, LG, Nokia, NTT Docomo, Vivo, Sony and Sprint have already pulled out of MWC 2020.

The GSMA had banned travellers from Hubei, the province at the centre of the virus outbreak.

Of the 100,000 that usually attend the conference, an average of 6,000 come from China.

The press release also stated that they will update their partners and customers on a new timeline for the launch of its products.

GSMA CEO, John Hoffman, said, "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". 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.

The company said "the health and well-being of employees was a primary focus" and that canceling its involvement was a "prudent decision".

The Coronavirus that originated in the Wuhan district in China has been declared as a "public health emergency" by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It will also represent a significant loss to Barcelona and the city's hospitality industry. Authorities have estimated the show was to generate 473 million euros (US$513 million) and more than 14,000 part-time jobs for the local economy.

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