LG cancels Mobile World Congress event over coronavirus concerns

We are only weeks away from the biggest mobile electronics show in the world, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. From the 24th of February we are treated to a cornucopia of new smartphones and tablets, networking tech, new silicon and much more. For the first time years, LG will not be attending MWC due to concerns over the coronavirus.

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The Korean-based firm has decided to withdraw from the event, deciding that it simply isn’t worth the risk. It will hold its own even at a different time. We were expecting some new smartphones from LG at the show, including the flagship LG G9 (still expected to have the ThinQ suffix).

In a statement sent to press, the announced that “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.”

Many of the companies exhibiting at the show are from Chinese firms, where the virus has broken out and the majority of infected individuals are being treated. Most international travel to and from China has been stopped for the time being, until the World Health Organisation says it’s safe to enter again.

It is unknown what all the Chinese companies are planning with regards to Mobile World Congress, but ZTE will not be holding its press conference either.

According to GSMA, the organization that stages MWC each year, the impact on the event has been minimal thus far. It said it would continue to “monitor and assess the potential impact of the coronavirus.” They are also taking all possible measures to mitigate the threat of the possible spread of the virus.