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Amazon, NVIDIA and Sony pull out of MWC 2020 due to coronavirus risk (Updated)

By Cookie Monster - on 11 Feb 2020, 8:52am

Amazon, NVIDIA and Sony pull out of MWC 2020 due to coronavirus risk

The Sony Xperia 5.

Following LG and ZTE's announcement last week that they are not participating at MWC 2020, the novel coronavirus outbreak has led three other major tech companies to pull out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020.

In a statement posted on its website, Sony says it has taken "the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain". The company is placing the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of its customers, partners, media and employees. Its press conference will take place as a video on 24 February via the official Xperia YouTube channel where Sony will share new products.

Amazon is also cancelling its plans for MWC 2020. An Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company will withdraw from the annual mobile technology trade show "due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus." LG and ZTE announced last week that they were not participating at MWC 2020.

NVIDIA too has announced that it won't be sending their employees to this year's MWC. According to their statement, they would like to prioritize the safety of their colleagues, partners and customers.

The GSM Association, which organises MWC, published an updated statement on its new measures to protect against the spread of the coronoavirus. It is banning visitors from China's Hubei province and anyone who visited other parts of China will need to prove that they have been out of the country for two weeks.

Source: Sony, NVIDIAGSM AssociationTechCrunch via The Verge

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