The show must go on regardless of the lingering menace of Coronavirus, says the President and CEO of the Taiwan External Commerce Development Council (TAITRA), the government body responsible for organizing Computex.
In a post issued on February 25, Walter Yeh, the CEO of TAITRA, says that while health authorities in Taiwan and event organizers are monitoring the situation, there are no plans to cancel Computex 2020. Yeh says that every visitor will be asked to wear face masks, and workers will be onsite to monitor attendees’ body temperature.
At the same time, most ranges of hygiene and sanitation will be maintained.
In 2003, with the epidemic of SARS, event organizers moved Computex to September instead of the usual calendar placement of June. Taiwan had 346 confirmed cases of SARS, while with the Coronavirus, Taiwan merely has 31 confirmed cases as of this week.
It is understood that event organizers have informed vital stakeholders in Taiwan, such as distributors that would have large booths at the event and be flying in essential staff, that a final resolution on whether Computex would go ahead as planned will be made in mid-April along with local health authorities.
All this comes as Coronavirus gets worse around the globe. Global cases of the virus have soared to 80,000, and deaths have crossed 2,700 worldwide.
Iran, Canada, the U.S., and South Korea have all reported new cases within the past few weeks.