id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> A new coronavirus is spreading.
Getty Images The spread of the coronavirus is taking a toll on the global technology industry, with companies shuttering stores and offices, limiting travel, and bracing for disruptions to an integrated worldwide supply chain. The outbreak of the pneumonia-like disease, now officially called COVID-19, 샌즈카지노 has also weighed on Mobile World Congress, an annual industry gathering that was scheduled to open on Feb. 24 in Barcelona. After initially saying it would take precautions like barring visitors from China’s Hubei province, where the new virus originated, and 더킹카지노 screening the temperatures of participants, organizer GSMA canceled the show on Feb. 12.
The GSMA’s measures came after a host of companies, including some of the most prominent exhibitors, announced they wouldn’t attend. LG led the way on Feb. 5 and was quickly joined by the likes of Amazon, Samsung, Ericsson, NTT Docomo and 우리카지노 Facebook. (For a roundup of the coronavirus’ impact on MWC, see this CNET story.) Other companies, like ZTE and TCL initially said they would still exhibit at MWC but would cancel their press conferences.
Now playing: Watch this: Mobile World Congress canceled over coronavirus fears 3:52 COVID-19 has generated concerns around the world since January, when the World Health Organization declared the illness a public health emergency of international concern. The UN health body cited worries about the virus’ spread, particularly to countries “with weaker health systems.” The virus has now infected more than 45,200 people in 27 countries and claimed more than 1,100 lives.
The coronavirus was discovered in the Wuhan region of Hubei province late last year and has symptoms similar to pneumonia. It was first reported to the WHO on Dec. 31, with Chinese scientists linking the disease to a family of viruses that includes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome). Infections have been found in nearly 30 countries. Thirteen cases have been identified in the US, where the disease has spread person to person in at least one case.