Coronavirus: Apple pulls out of South by Southwest festival

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A spokesman for Apple Inc has announced that the Cupertino, California-based business is pulling out of this month’s South by Southwest music and tech festival amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The death toll from coronavirus infections across the United States rose to 11 on Wednesday, resulting in the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom declaring a statewide emergency amid the nation’s largest outbreak.

Facebook Inc had said earlier this week it would not participate in the festival.

Representatives of the event did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The South by Southwest music and tech festival, set to be held in Austin, Texas, had said last month the event will proceed as planned despite “a handful” of cancellations related to the virus.

The outbreak has disrupted other tech conferences and gatherings, including the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Google’s annual developer event, Google I/O. Companies have also changed their work and travel plans.

IBM said on Wednesday its developer conference ‘IBM Think 2020’ will be an online event and will take place from May 5 to 7.

The company said it has issued new travel restrictions through the end of March.

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(Reporting for Reuters by Bharath Manjesh and Rama Venkat in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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