Since the outbreak of coronavirus in China, the death toll is substantially increasing, with new cases of infections being reported day by day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already declared coronavirus a global emergency as it continues to spread in more countries around the world.
The current state of the matters continues to spread fears around the world, and this could potentially affect the Mobile World Conference (MWC) trade show scheduled to happen later this month. South Korean tech giant, LG Electronics announced yesterday that they will be not attending the tradeshow.
“With the safety of its employees, partners and customers foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain.,” said the company in a blog post.
China’s ZTE has also canceled its press conference that was supposed to take place on 25th this month where the company was expected to release a premium 5G smartphone. However, VentureBeat reports that the company will still participate in the show as they were initially prepared to co-host a 5G panel.
The event organizer, GSMA says the trade show “will proceed as planned.” However, the firm says they will “continue to monitor and assess the potential impact of the Coronavirus” on the event.
GSMA has also outlined several measures that have taken to ensure visitors stay safe. Part of the criteria includes a no-handshake policy, onsite medical support, cleaning and disinfection across “all high-volume touchpoints”, and a mic change protocol, among others.