Computex on the brink?

The writing’s on the wall. One by one, major trade shows have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Computex Taipei has until now showed no sign of being scratched.

However, according to a Digitimes report, many Taiwan-based high-tech companies have reportedly clamoured for the trade show to be postponed.

The reasons are obvious. Taiwan has banned foreign visitors from entering the island and all returning Taiwan residents need to go through a 14-day quarantine. Many other countries are in lockdown and airlines have grounded their aircraft.

Organisers Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Compute Association (TCA) have remained tight-lipped, other than an earlier communique that said they are taking “every available measure to ensure that the maximum levels of hygiene and sanitation are maintained”.

With the pandemic showing no sign of abating, it looks like Computex will have to take a rain cheque and move to later in the year, just like it did when the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) hit in 2003.

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