Coronavirus: LG, ZTE will not attend MWC 2020 due to virus-related concerns

“LG is the second company to cancel its appearance from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020, which is set to begin from February 24th”

The Coronavirus outbreak, which is slowly becoming a global concern, has started affecting the upcoming tech trade show Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020. Both LG and ZTE have announced that they are withdrawing from MWC 2020, which is set to begin from February 24th in Barcelona, Spain. With the safety of its employees and the general public foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain,” LG said in its press release. “This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised.”

LG has further added that it’ll be holding separate events in the “near future” to announce 2020 mobile products, instead of its participation in MWC 2020. Coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). It has affected more than 24,000 people, claiming 500 lives, in China. The virus is reportedly spreading to other parts of the world, including Belgium, India, Russia, UK, and Italy. 

Since most OEMs are either based in China or have their manufacturing hub in the country, their stock and supply chain have also been affected. It was recently reported that ASUS ROG Phone 2 will remain out of stock in India until the coronavirus is contained. ASUS‘ full email to its patrons, meanwhile, states, “Dear Fans, We know you’ve been excited to get your hands on the ROG Phone 2. While we have had steady availability for long, but due to the disruption in the supply chain caused by the prevailing situation in Asia, ROG Phone 2 will face a temporary shortage. Rest assured we are working hard to ensure that your favourite gaming smartphone will be back in stock soon. We shall keep you updated.

Samsung will also reportedly delay the launch of accessories for the upcoming Galaxy S20 series. With LG and ZTE backing out from MWC 2020, it will be interesting to see if more companies will follow suit in the days to come.