We're monitoring coronavirus, say organisers of Barcelona telecoms meet

BERLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The organisers of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) said on Wednesday they were monitoring “the fast-changing” development of the coronavirus, in a statement issued after sources said the event in Barcelona was likely to be called off.

In a statement, the GSMA telecoms industry group hosting the event said: “The novel coronavirus is a fast-changing situation, which GSMA is monitoring closely. This includes regularly meeting with global and Spanish health experts – as well as our partners – to ensure the wellbeing of attendees.

“We have already implemented additional health measures ahead of MWC 2020 and will continue to seek expert medical advice on a frequent basis,” it added.

A source said the situation was evolving by the minute and that the GSMA would update its members and the public as soon as it is able to. (Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Thomas Seythal)