Amazon pulls out of MWC 2020, citing coronavirus concerns

The e-commerce titan joins LG, Ericsson and Nvidia in skipping Mobile World Congress this year.

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Amazon will not be attending MWC 2020, citing fears over coronavirus.

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E-commerce giant Amazon is pulling out of Mobile World Congress , citing concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus

Amazon will withdraw from MWC 2020 "due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus," a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services said Sunday.

The company joins a number of big exhibitors that have already pulled out of the world's largest mobile trade show, including LG , Ericsson and Nvidia , citing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV. First disclosed in late December, the virus has infected over 37,000 people and killed over 800 as of Feb. 9. Companies including Apple , Google and Nintendo have closed offices, limited business travel and faced supply chain disruptions

The GSMA, the organization that runs MWC, said it will have additional medical personnel on-site. It will also put other measures in place to reduce the risks posed by the disease, including a no-handshake policy.

CNET's Katie Collins, Shara Tibken and Edward Moyer contributed to this report.

First published at 2:25 p.m. PT on Feb. 9.
Update at 2:41 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Amazon.