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Facebook cancels San Francisco, the very top of the corona virus fears

FILE PHOTO, A Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile device, in this figure, the 6 of January by the year 2020. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Friday it had canceled the world marketing summit is scheduled for next month in San Francisco by a corona virus-related risks.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our global marketing summit, to be due to the changes in the risks to health in connection with the corona virus,” a spokesman for the company said.

The event, scheduled for March 9 through March 12 at the Moscone Center, and it was expected to be more than 4000 participants.

Earlier this week, the Mobile World Congress (MWC), an annual telecom-industry gathering in Barcelona, was cancelled after a mass exodus by the exhibitors at the corona virus fears.

The major US tech firms, including Facebook, Cisco Systems, Inc. and AT&T had pulled out of the mobile world CONGRESS.

The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has killed more than 1,300 people and infected more than 63,800 people on the Chinese mainland.

Report by Ayanti Berra in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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