Coronavirus has cancelled several major technology events this year, including MWC 2020, GDC 2020, F8, Microsoft, Google events. Apart from these big technology events, the events of smartphones launched in India have also been cancelled. Xiaomi has cancelled its Redmi Note 9 series event to be launched in India on March 12. Realme has also cancelled the launch event of its Realme 6 series. The launch event of these two companies will be streamed live through online channels. The launch event of Realme 6, 6 Pro was scheduled to be held in Delhi on March 5.
Xiaomi’s global vice president Manu Kumar Jain tweeted from his Twitter handle and the company’s official Twitter handle that the launch event of the Redmi Note 9 series to be held on March 12, keeping in mind the cases faced by Coronavirus in different parts of India is being cancelled. We have taken this decision taking care of the health of Mi Fans, media friends and employees. The smartphone will be launched through online channels at 12 o’clock in the day on March 12.
Due to recent reports of COVID-19 #CoronaOutbreak in certain parts of the country, we’ve decided not to host product launch events on-ground in March.
This is keeping in mind the safety of our fans, media friends, employees & partners.
Please stay safe.🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZgPwXS6Rgu
— Mi India #108MP IS COMING! (@XiaomiIndia) March 3, 2020
Realme CEO Madhav Seth has also announced the cancellation of the launch event of the Realme 6 series to be held on March 5 from his Twitter handle. Madhav Seth wrote in a tweet from his Twitter handle that the event is being cancelled in view of the latest cases of coronavirus and keeping in view the advisories issued by the health authorities. The launch event of this smartphone will also now be streamed live through the company’s official social media channels.
In light of current reports of #coronavirus impact & related advisory by health officials to maintain social distance as a precautionary measure, I’m calling off our biggest event. Will still give live speech in stadium with you watching #realme6series event online. #HealthFirst
— Madhav 5G (@MadhavSheth1) March 3, 2020
More than 90 thousand people worldwide have been affected by coronavirus. In India also, 5 cases have come to the fore so far. The latest case of this dreaded virus has come to notice in Delhi itself. Moreover, people affected by this virus are also being reported from other parts of the country including Agra, Jaipur. Technology and smartphone manufacturing companies have decided to make their launch events online keeping in mind the health of the people.
Stacy is the Hardware Editor at Get Ignite. She worked for a number of leading tech publications, including Engadget, PCMag, Laptop, and Tech Times, where she served as the Managing Editor. Her writing has appeared in Spin, Wired, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, The Onion, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast and various other publications. She hosts the weekly Boing Boing interview podcast RiYL, has appeared as a regular NPR contributor and shares her Queens apartment with a rabbit named Lucy.