BREAKING NEWS: LG Pulls Plug On MWC Due To Coronavirus
LG Electronics has officially announced its withdrawal from this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) expo in Barcelona, Spain, due to growing concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak and its spread beyond Chinese borders.
LG becomes the second company to cancel its appearance at the global mobile technology exhibition, following on from ZTE’s recent announcement earlier today of doing the same.
As of writing, the coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, has killed 400 people with more than 20,000 sick. There has also been a substantial restriction on travel to and from mainland China, along with business operations in the country.
In recent weeks, the coronavirus has continued to spread outside of China, with cases popping up in other countries, including Australia.
“LG is closely monitoring the situation related to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was recently declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation as the virus continues to spread outside China,” LG said in an official statement.
“With the safety of its employees and general public foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month. This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised.”
In lieu of its participation in MWC 2020, LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its new mobile products range.
There are no exact details on when and where this will take place, so watch this space for more.