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Amazon withdraws from MWC over coronavirus-related concerns

Catherine Shu
View taken on February 24, 2018 of the Barcelona city sign in front of the main hall of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) ahead of the start of the world's biggest mobile fair, held from February 26 to March 1, 2018 in Barcelona. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Amazon is the latest company to cancel its plans for the Mobile World Congress, which will take place later this month in Barcelona, over coronavirus-related concerns.

In a statement emailed to TechCrunch, an Amazon spokesperson 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.”

Other companies that have cancelled or scaled back their plans for MWC due to the outbreak include LG, NVIDIA and Ericsson. The event’s organizer, GSMA, recently issued a new statement about precautions it is taking, including a ban on visitors from Hubei province, where the epidemic is believed to have begun.

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The vast majority of people affected by coronavirus are in China where there have been 908 deaths and 40,171 confirmed infections, as of the time this article was posted. The outbreak has also led to a wave of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia across the world.