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Facing up: The coronavirus started in China but has spread to other regions

Facing up: The coronavirus started in China but has spread to other regions

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Facing up: The coronavirus started in China but has spread to other regions

The organiser of this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors, has said it regrets the decision by LG Electronics yesterday to withdraw due to the coronavirus outbreak, but added the event would go ahead as planned.

"We have spoken to LG and regret not to see them at this year's MWC20 Barcelona," a GSMA spokesperson said in response to a Reuters inquiry.

"As we stated yesterday, we can confirm that there is minimal impact on the event thus far and MWC Barcelona will proceed as planned."

China's Huawei Technologies said yesterday that it still planned to hold events around the forthcoming Mobile World Congress.

"We are keeping a close eye on matters and having to internally adjust accordingly and responsibly," a spokesman said after South Korea's LG Electronics pulled out due to the coronavirus outbreak that originated in China.

"As it stands, London and Barca events still planned. But things are changing constantly."

Huawei, the world's top supplier of telecoms equipment and the number-two smartphone maker, is a big exhibitor at the event.

Mobile World Congress is being held from February 24 to 27 and will also have a number of Irish firms, analysts and media in attendance.

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