The Coronavirus outbreak has so far impacted manufacturing facilities in China. And now the tech companies both LG and ZTE have announced today that they’re going to skip Mobile World Congress, the biggest yearly showcase in the field, which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain at the end of this month. This comes even after MWC host GSMA confirmed that the coronavirus will have minimal impact on the event in Spain.
LG says that it has taken this decision “with the safety of its employees, partners, and customers foremost in mind.” The annual Mobile World Congress event, where all the big tech companies descend to showcase their new products, will be held from February 24 to February 27.
On the other hand, a ZTE spokesperson confirmed to us that it’s cancelling its MWC press conference, citing secondary effects of the xenophobic reactions to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as practical issues with travel and visa delays.
Rest assured though, for “instead of its participation in MWC, LG will be holding separate events shortly to announce its 2020 mobile products”.
According to the latest report, the death toll in China has risen to 490. Apple has already shut its stores in China and has laid restrictions on travel on its employees. Google has also launched an SOS alert to help accurate information about the virus.
With companies withdrawing from MWC, the impact of the outbreak may see a decline on the footfall at the event. Spain may also put restrictions on Chinese travellers, furthering the damage.