“Due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus“, Amazon won’t be attending Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. This major event is organized every year and attracts more than 100,000 people. Several companies have pulled out, including Nvidia who first announced their absence.
LG Electronics and Ericsson followed Nvidia’s steps. The tech conference is set to run from 24-27 February. GSMA “confirm some large exhibitors have decided not to come to the show this year with others still contemplating next steps, we remain more than 2,800 exhibitors strong”.
Fear is still in place and for that GSMA “reassure attendees and exhibitors that their health and safety are our paramount concern”. Estimation counts that Mobile World Congress will be attended by 5,000 to 6,000 people. The travel ban has been put in place for citizens of Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak.
As for people who previously came back from China, they need to confirm that they have left the country for at least 14 days.
During the conference, handshakes are discouraged and microphones will always be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and changed.
Mobile World Congress isn’t the only show that got major companies pulling out. The Singapore Airshow which happens on Tuesday also saw Lockheed Martin, Bombardier and Gulfstream Aerospace announcing that they won’t be attending the show due to the outbreak.