The organiser of Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, has taken the decision to cancel the world’s biggest mobile phone showcase amid concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak.

GSMA, organiser of the show, made the announcement after a number of high profile companies pulled out of the event over health fears.

Mobile World Congress was due to take place from February 24-27 at Fira Gran Via.

In a statement, John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, said: “Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.

“With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.”