Two of the major tech giants, Sony and Amazon, have decided to dismiss their appearance in the world’s largest tech shows due to the risks posed by Coronavirus. The Japanese multinational company Sony said it would no longer take part in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona after “monitoring the evolving situation” in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Sony has been closely monitoring the evolving situation following the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30th, 2020,” Sony says in a statement posted to its website.
NVIDIA, ZTE, LG Electronics, and Ericsson have already cancelled various events that were set to take place at MWC in Barcelona. “As we place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.”
Meanwhile, Amazon said, “due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain.”
The GSMA Association which organises the show in the Spanish city that while it could “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”.
GSMA revealed that it put in place additional measures “reassure attendees and exhibitors that their health and safety are our paramount concern”. The GSMA estimates that between 5,000 and 6,000 people visit Mobile World Congress. The trade show also bans visitors who have recently been in China.