Mega tech trade show cancels over coronavirus fears

The world’s largest trade show for the mobile phone industry has been cancelled following continued fears around the coronavirus that saw four major tech companies pull out in recent weeks.

Facebook, LG, Sony and Amazon were among those that pulled out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which was due to be held in Barcelona this month.

Show organisers GSMA said health concerns made it “impossible” to put on the show.

“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.