Apple, Netflix pull out of South by Southwest music and tech festival

Apple Inc and Netflix Inc stated, they are pulling out of the South by Southwest music and tech festival which is scheduled to be held later this month midst China’s coronavirus outbreak.

As of Wednesday, the U.S. death toll from coronavirus infections stands at 11 with California Governor Gavin Newsom declaring a state emergency.

Earlier this week, Facebook Inc said it would not participate in the festival.

Representatives of the South by Southwest music and tech festival event did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

So far the coronavirus outbreak, which emerged from the same city as China’s only level 4 biosafety lab, has disrupted several tech conferences and gatherings, including the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Google’s annual developer event, Google I/O; it has also severely disrupted long established global supply chains with high economic costs and have forced companies to change their work and travel plans.

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