The computer security company McAfee, manufacturer of the famous antivirus of that name, announced Tuesday that it will not finally attend the Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February in Barcelona (Spain), due to its concern about the coronavirus and because its ” priority is health. “
“Due to our continuing concerns about the new coronavirus, McAfee has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020,” a company spokeswoman told Efe.
The cancellation of the participation of McAfee takes place in the middle of a cascade of withdrawals of the MWC, a sectorial fair of technology that every year brings together the main companies of the sector, and to which this edition will not attend Facebook, Cisco, Sprint and a dozen more signatures of relevance.
“As with any exhibition, our first priority is the health and safety of our employees and partners,” said the McAfee spokeswoman, referring to the danger that the coronavirus emerged in China could be extended by the mobile congress that is expected to It is celebrated from February 24 to 27 in Barcelona.
All the companies that will not attend the congress have claimed security reasons and have referred to the coronavirus, which in China has infected more than 42,500 people, of which 1,018 have died.
Sony, LG, Ericsson, Amazon, NTT Docomo, Umidigi, Nvidia, Intel, Facebook and Gigaset have also reported that they will not attend this congress.
The MWC organizers have announced that they will meet next Friday to assess the situation created by cancellations of technology firms in the face of the coronavirus crisis and determine if the event continues.
As uncertainty about the coronavirus increased, the association that organizes the congress, the GSMA, has been adding preventive measures and restrictions, the latter prohibiting the entry of congressmen from the Chinese province of Hubei, where the outbreak originated, and vetoing Access to those who have been in China 14 days before the event.