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FILE PHOTO: Facebook logos are seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration/File Photo

FACEBOOK Inc said on Friday it had cancelled its global marketing summit scheduled for next month in San Francisco due to Covid-19 coronavirus-related risks.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our global marketing summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” a company spokesman said.

The event, scheduled for March 9 to March 12 at the Moscone Center, was expected to see over 4,000 participants.

Earlier this week, Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual telecoms industry gathering in Barcelona, was cancelled after a mass exodus by exhibitors on coronavirus fears.

Major US tech companies including Facebook, Cisco Systems Inc and AT&T had pulled out of MWC.

The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed over 1,500 people so far and infected more than 64,400 people on the Chinese mainland. - REUTERS

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