LG’s withdrawal is coming after ZTE also pulled out from the conference earlier today, citing the same reason.
LG has pointed out that it sees the safety of its workers and that of the general public as a paramount concern, and it won’t be taking any risk by jeopardizing the health of anyone who would attend the summit on behalf of the company.
According to LG, the withdrawal decision will prevent any likely coronavirus exposure the company’s employees will suffer if they attend the conference.
LG pointed out that it decided after reviewing advice from medical experts regarding the risk involved since the coronavirus outbreak has not been curtailed yet.
But in view of LG’s absence at the conference, the company intends to use other mediums to announce their new products for 2020. The announcements, according to LG, will be made to the public when the time comes.
Summit will proceed despite challenges
Trade Group GSMA, MWC conference organizers, reiterated that despite the challenges, the conference would still hold as scheduled.
The conference is the main hub for many Asian Smartphone and tech companies to showcase their new products to the public.
GSMA also pointed out that the coronavirus outbreak has affected the planning and organization of the conference. But there is still optimism, despite the numerous challenges.
Safety measures introduced
According to GSMA, there are several safety measures introduced to make sure that everyone that attended the summit is safe.
It is proposing a no-handshake rule during the conference, as well as other strong hygiene measures when using demo booths and speaker microphones.
Numbers on coronavirus keep rising
The numbers of sick people from coronavirus have risen to 20,000 while about 400 people have died from the virus. There have been substantial travel restrictions placed on China as business organizations have suspended their operations indefinitely, particularly in mainland China.
The country is still observing its extended Lunar Holiday, which will end on February 10.
However, it’s not yet clear whether the Chinese government will advise people to resume their normal business after the holiday, or if the government would extend it further to curtail the spread of the disease.
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