Coronavirus Concerns Lead to the Cancellation of One of Tech’s Biggest Developer Conferences

The spread of coronavirus is prompting companies to cancel nonessential travel. That includes trade shows like the smartphone-centric Mobile World Congress, which was scheduled to be held in Barcelona this week but was called off. Now Facebook has cancelled its own annual event, the F8 developer’s conference, citing “growing concerns around COVID-19.” Read More >>

Disturbing Letter About Life in COVID-19 Ward in China Is Abruptly Retracted

Earlier this week, British medical journal The Lancet published a brief correspondence from two Chinese medical aid workers who said they were currently fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. The letter, which describes extreme and intolerable working conditions inside the isolation wards, was suddenly retracted today, under what can only be described as highly suspicious circumstances. Read More >>

20 Countries Report First Cases of Coronavirus This Week As Infections Skyrocket

Twenty countries have reported their first cases of the new coronavirus this week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 82,000 in 50 countries since the outbreak began in December. At least 2,800 people have died worldwide. Read More >>

Microsoft Expects to Lose Money Due to Coronavirus

The impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to hit tech companies, with Microsoft revising its profit forecasts for its OEM and Surface businesses as a result of the disruption it's causing in China. Read More >>

Disney’s Attempts to Avoid the Errors of Mulan’s Original Chinese Debut Might Be Undone By the Coronavirus

In 1998, Disney’s attempts to launch its animated take on the fable of Hua Mulan in China hit a snag that delayed its release by nearly a year. Now, on the precipice of releasing its live-action remake aimed even further at capitalising on the Chinese market, Disney finds itself in another problematic situation: the global spread of the coronavirus. Read More >>

Facebook Claims It’s Cracking Down on Ads Claiming to Cure or Prevent Coronavirus

As tech and social media giants engage in a kind of Whack-A-Mole for COVID-19 scaremongering and product misinformation on their websites, Facebook says it’s cracking down on ads intended to mislead users about their products on its Marketplace. Read More >>

Amazon Warns Sellers Not to Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears

Amazon is warning third-party sellers on its Marketplace platform not to gouge customers on protective face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues to spread internationally and becomes increasingly likely to hit the U.S., emails obtained by Wired show. Read More >>

UK Plans for School Closures if Coronavirus Hits Hard

School closures could be on the way if the coronavirus makes headway in the UK population, although the measure is a last resort – and the ultimate decision to do so may be left to head teachers – as social mixing outside of schools may negate the effect of a lockdown anyway. Read More >>

Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans Because of the Coronavirus?

As an outbreak of a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus is poised to spread across the globe, people in largely unaffected places like the UK might worry about visiting areas where the virus is spreading or travelling by air at all. The answer to whether you should cancel existing travel plans, however, is complicated. Read More >>

Coronavirus Threatens Supply of Cheap Tat, Warns Primark Owner

Will the carnage caused by coronavirus never end? Not only has Covid-19 affected supply of iPhone handsets – the horror – it's now also threatening to reduce the number of suspiciously cheap bikinis available in Primark this summer. Read More >>

No Pandemic… Yet: WHO Holds Back as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads Globally

A deadly new coronavirus is now clearly spreading across the globe – with hundreds of reported local cases surging in countries outside China, previously the sole epicentre of the outbreak. But for the time being, the World Health Organization said on Monday that it will not declare the outbreak a pandemic, believing that such an announcement would be premature and only likely to further spread fear. Read More >>

Iran Denies Cover-Up After Lawmaker Contradicts Official Coronavirus Figures, Says 50 Dead

A member of Iran’s parliament announced on Monday that 50 people had died from the new coronavirus in the city of Qom and accused Iran’s Health Ministry of covering up the true extent of the outbreak in the country. The Health Ministry claims just 12 people have died in Iran from COVID-19, with 66 people sick from the disease. The official numbers in Iran were up from a total of 8 deaths and 43 illnesses reported on Sunday. Read More >>

South Korean President Authorizes the Government to Adopt Chinese Style Measures to Control Coronavirus Spread

South Korean President Moon Jae-in placed his country on the highest possible level of alert on Sunday following the drastic rise of coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, cases in the region. The designation allows the government to lock down cities, restrict domestic travel and block public activities, among others, measures similar to those China has taken to control the spread of the disease. Read More >>

Things Are Not Looking Good for Stopping the Coronavirus

The prospect that the new coronavirus, whose outbreak has been so far largely confined to China, could soon be a pandemic is looming closer to reality. This week, several countries have reported local clusters of the disease outside of mainland China, suggesting the virus is freely circulating there. Meanwhile, a new report estimates that only a third of non-China cases are being documented at all. Read More >>

Amazon Is Now a Hotbed for Products Claiming to ‘Kill’ Coronavirus

It’s no secret that Amazon’s marketplace is overrun with rubbish – literal or otherwise – and that the company struggles and often fails to manage its own massive marketplace that lumps legitimately trustworthy brands and products in with third-party sellers. Amazon’s latest challenge appears to be regulating a burgeoning market for products feeding off of flu and coronavirus fears – including products that claim to “kill” them. Read More >>