Organizers of Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest trade show for the mobile phone industry, have canceled the conference slated to start in Barcelona in less than two weeks.
“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,” GSMA said in a statement. The new coronavirus that started in China is considered “clearly more impactful” on the world economy than the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.
China’s Hubei province reported an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases as of Feb. 12. The province said it is starting to include “clinically diagnosed” cases. The change was made so that more patients could receive the same treatment as a conﬁrmed case would. Another 44 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship carrying more than 3,700 passengers and crew have tested positive for the coronavirus. That brings the total to 218 infected among people on the ship. Diamond Princess is currently quarantined off the coast of Japan. China’s military is sending 2,600 additional medical personnel to Hubei.