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Life Isn't So Good: LG drops out of MWC over coronavirus

LG pulls out of Mobile World Congress 2020 because of coronavirus fears

By Anthony Garreffa | Feb 4, 2020 06:32 pm CST (1 min, 31 secs reading time)

It's nearly that time of the year again, where the mobile industry descends on Barcelona, Spain -- Mobile World Congress. But South Korean giant LG ELectronics has said it has pulled out of the event over the coronavirus outbreak.

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An LG spokesperson told The Verge: "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 in Barcelona, Spain. This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised".

LG continued: "In lieu of its participation in MWC, LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products".

GSMA, the organizers of Mobile World Congress, have said that the show will indeed go on -- they said there has been "minimal impact on the event thus far" over coronavirus. GSMA will be enforcing some policies at the show to side skirt the disease infecting MWC 2020 attendees.

The trade group will be pushing a no-handshake policy, and "aggressive" measures when it comes to cleaning microphones and demo booths. The dreaded CES flu is a yearly issue for people in the tech industry, with myself and plenty of my industry friends sick yearly over it -- but it ain't no coronavirus.

My next question is: will Computex 2020 be affected?

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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