Oracle is joining the list of tech companies that have cancelled or rescheduled their tech events. On Tuesday, cloud major Oracle announced it is postponing the flagship OpenWorld Asia event. It was scheduled for April 2020 in Singapore but is being postponed owing to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). “In the light of the ‘COVID-19’ outbreak and the recent pronouncement of a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation, we are postponing Oracle OpenWorld Asia,” the company said in an email. Also Read - Gurugram launches WhatsApp Covid-19 helpline
Oracle joins the growing list of tech companies who have either cancelled or postponed their conferences and meetings recently. Google has cancelled its ‘Global News Initiative’ summit in northern California in April. Social media giant Facebook has called off its flagship F8 developer conference in May. Microsoft has cancelled its ‘IoT in Action’ conference in Melbourne while Intel has also cancelled briefing sessions for its flagship conference. Also Read - Facebook vaccine finder tool rolling out in India to help locate COVID-19 centres
Oracle postpones OpenWorld Asia due to Coronavirus
In mid-February, Cisco cancelled its flagship Cisco Live conference in Melbourne and later in the month, Salesforce cancelled its physical regional World Tour event for Sydney. Meanwhile, Amazon has confirmed that two of its employees have been infected with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy. Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener said that the company was “supporting the affected employees, who were in Milan and are now in quarantine”. Also Read - CES 2022 to return to in-person format: Organisers
A Google employee in Switzerland was tested positive for COVID-19 last week at its office in Zurich, Switzerland. Amazon has halted all non-essential travel, including trips within the US. The company also told employees to refrain from scheduling meetings that required flights until at least the end of April. Twitter said that it would also restrict all nonessential business travel for its employees and partners.
“We have continued to monitor the situation closely and are adjusting our internal policies to respond to this rapidly-evolving situation. On February 29, we informed our people and started notifying partners that we are suspending all non-critical business travel and events,” the micro-blogging platform said in a statement.
The death toll due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China has risen to 2,943, authorities said on Tuesday, while the number of confirmed cases has reached 80,151.
(Written with IANS inputs)