“Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so, out of great caution, we have canceled our global marketing summit because of the emerging public health risks related to the Coronavirus,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge, a technical forum.
This comes in the wake of the cancellation of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, due to concerns about the Coronavirus, as many participants withdrew the days before the cancellation, including representatives of large companies such as LG, Ericsson, Amazon, Nokia, Cisco and others due to fears that those present would be at risk.
The Coruna virus has infected more than 49,000 people and 1,600 have died so far from the disease. The spread of the virus has had wide-ranging impacts on the technology industry, including store closures, production shortages, and manufacturing delays.
At present, the virus does not appear to be spreading widely in other countries, and the WHO has not made a recommendation to cancel the meetings outside China.