MWC 2020 Show Has Been Canceled Due To Coronavirus Concerns
The world’s biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been canceled due to Coronavirus concern. This time, MWC 2020 was scheduled to take place in Barcelona between 24th to 27th February. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, this event has been canceled to safeguard Barcelona from being vulnerable to this virus.
After coronavirus threatened to throw MWC into chaos, the GSM Association (GSMA), which organizes the show, has now canceled it. It comes after more than a week of exhibitors and companies pulling out of MWC. In a statement, GSMA CEO John Hoffman said the coronavirus outbreak has made it “impossible” to hold the event.
“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 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.”
Coronavirus infections have exceeded 42,000 with the total number of deaths at more than 1,000. Most infections and deaths have been reported in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei Province in China, but at least 25 countries have now reported cases.
The GSMA tried its best to remove fears from the companies that were going to attend MWC. It had taken some disinfection measures on the site, recommending attendees don’t shake hands and even ban on visitors traveling from the province in China where coronavirus was first discovered. However, it failed to succeed in its plans and finally had to cancel the event.
MWC 2020 was set to feature a big Chinese phone maker presence, with all of the country’s major smartphone brands set to appear at the show. LG pulled out of MWC earlier this month, and ZTE canceled a planned press event over coronavirus fears. Ericsson, one of the largest exhibitors at MWC, also withdrew from the show, before Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony, Amazon, and NTT Docomo all followed and canceled appearances. Cisco, Nokia, BT, and HMD also canceled appearances this week. All these events led the organizers to cancel the event.
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