Geneva Motor Show 2020 canceled over Corona Virus’ concerns

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The 2020 Geneva Motor Show is canceled over Corona Virus’ concerns as the Swiss government bans the gathering of 1000 people or more in the country.

As a result of the rapidly spreading Corona Virus across the world, Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) 2020 has been canceled owing to the precautionary measures taken by the Swiss government. It has banned any sort of gathering of more than 1000 people across the country with immediate effect till any further notice. The 90th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) 2020 was scheduled to start from 5th March 2020. GIMS, held in Switzerland, is also one of the largest auto shows held around the world in which high-end and exotic auto manufacturers unveil their new models and showcase the wild concepts of futuristic cars. It’s a public event in which auto giants around the world make the most promising announcements regarding their plans in the auto industry. The cancellation of GIMS is certainly a setback for many automakers, as they will now have to reschedule their plans and reconsider strategies.

Before this announcement, the authorities of Geneva Motor Show were advising the visitors to avoid sick people during the mega event. However, it’s highly unrealistic considering the jam-packed halls during the show. The authorities have now made it clear that their top-priority remains the health status of all the participants and exhibitors of the show. Perhaps it’s a regrettable situation for everyone as it will have many consequences, particularly for the investors who had invested in the event massively and automakers that will now have to change their strategies. Nonetheless, everyone needs to understand the current situation, which requires us to prioritize safety. Also, all the tickets purchased for the event will be refunded.

Corona Virus emerged from Wuhan, China, and so far resulted in nearly 3000 deaths around the world, a large proportion of which belongs to China. More than 80,000 people have been affected by the lethal virus across the world until now. It can be quickly transferred from one person to another within proximity, which makes the decision of the Swiss government quite understandable. Recently, we also went through the leaked photos of the all-new 2021 Porsche 992 Turbo S that was all set to be unveiled at GIMS this year. A few motor sporting events have also been canceled in China, including the most famous Formula One race. On the other hand, the 2020 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) is scheduled to start from 10th April and continue until 19th April in New York City. Currently, there is no news regarding the cancellation of this particular mega-event as well.

Should our government also take such necessary steps and ban any gatherings to avoid the spread of Corona Virus? There have already been 4 cases reported in Pakistan. Share your opinion in the feedback section and stay connected with PakWheels for more updates on the automobile industry.

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