Organizers of the Mobile World Congress 2020 prepare for the effects of coronavirus when the technology companies leave

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Over 6,000 people from China take part in the mobile exhibition every year, which has an economic impact of 492 million euros this year and creates over 14,000 part-time jobs.

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updated:February 10, 2020, 12:44 pm IST

Organizers of the Mobile World Congress 2020 prepare for the effects of coronavirus when the technology companies leave
The employees work next to a banner with information from MWC20 (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

(Image: Reuters / Nacho Doce)

Given the withdrawal of top tech exhibitors like Amazon, Ericsson, Nvidia and LG from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 in Barcelona at the end of this month, the organizer GSMA issued comprehensive guarantees on Monday for growing concerns about the deadly corona virus. The GSMA has completely banned visitors from Hubei Province, whose capital, Wuhan, is the epicenter of the epidemic that killed more than 900 people. According to John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, all travelers from Hubei Province have no access to the event.

"All travelers who have been to China must provide proof that they were outside of China 14 days before the event (passport stamp, health certificate)," the new guidelines issued by the MWC organizing body said. "There is a temperature screening and participants have to certify that they have not come into contact with anyone who is infected," he added. The disinfectant on site is carried out according to priority and a "no handshake procedure" is used.

Every year over 6,000 people from China attend the mobile show. According to reports, the fair has a major economic impact of € 492 million this year and, according to GSMA, the industry association and the MWC organizer, which represents more than 1,200 companies in the entire mobile ecosystem, creates over 14,000 part-time jobs.

Although no major Chinese smartphone maker has yet announced its exit, the situation is grim and changing every day as the virus affects supply chains and disrupted technology companies' plans for 2020. There is also a possibility that some of the smartphone launch events will be postponed or canceled.

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