9:30 am: China’s foreign minister slams global ‘overreaction’ to virus
China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China’s efforts to control the epidemic have been comprehensive and that it’s “under control,” while slamming the “overreaction” of other countries, according to a Reuters report.
In an interview with Reuters in Berlin, he said: “The epidemic overall is under control.”
″“We’ve taken such complete prevention and control efforts, efforts that are so comprehensive, that I can’t see any other country that can do this,” Wang said, adding that they would find it very difficult, according to Reuters. “But China has been able to do this.”
The U.S. should not take unnecessary measures that will affect tourism and trade, he said, according to Reuters.
The U.S. was among several countries who placed travel curbs on Chinese citizens, or travelers who have been to mainland China.8:50 am: IBM withdraws from RSA conference in San Francisco
IBM says it’s no longer participating in a major conference — the RSA cyber security conference — in San Francisco in February over virus fears, it said in a tweet.
The conference is scheduled for Feb. 24 to Feb. 28. Earlier, Facebook announced it has called off its global marketing summit set for next month also in San Francisco
, for the same reason, according to a Reuters report.
Another major event, Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest trade show for the mobile phone industry, was canceled this week over those fears. That decision came after many companies pulled out of the conference, such as LG, Sony, Ericsson, Nokia, Nvidia, Intel and Amazon.