MWC 2020: World’s biggest mobile show in Barcelona called off over Coronavirus fears
The show was to be held between February 24 and 27 but GSMA CEO John Hoffman has called off the event. The decision comes after the participating companies pulled out of the Mobile World Congress 2020 amid fears of the fatal virus.
Hoffman in his official statement 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,” he added.
Panic gripped the world after the deadly disease surfaced in Wuhan, a city of China, and later spread to over 26 countries.
As per latest figures, the death toll in an outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has climbed to 1360 as 245 people died in a single day, and more than 59,887 people have been infected.
Among 1123 deceased, 1068 people belonged to Chinese city of Wuhan.
At least 14887 cases of coronavirus have been reported in China in last 24 hours.
Most traumas of the deadly virus have occurred in Hubei Province, China. The province with a population of 60 million is completely locked down. All schools and business centers in Tianjing, China, have been closed until further notice. The decision was taken by the authorities following the worsening situation in the country.