“It is a very difficult decision to make, because the 8th F8 conference is an incredibly important event for Facebook (…), but the priority is the health of our partners and employees”, according to a statement from the social networking company.
The two days of the conference will be replaced by local sessions and “video content broadcast live”.
The provisional balance of the epidemic of the new Covid-19 coronavirus is more than 2,800 dead and more than 82 thousand people infected, according to data reported by about 50 countries and territories.
Of the infected people, more than 33,000 recovered.
In addition to 2,744 deaths in China, where the outbreak began at the end of last year, there are fatalities in Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The World Health Organization has declared the Covid-19 outbreak as an international public health emergency and has warned of a possible pandemic, after a sudden increase in cases in Italy, South Korea and Iran in the past few days.
In Portugal, the General Health Organization registered 25 suspected cases of infection.
The only known case of a Portuguese man infected with the new virus is that of a cruise ship crew member who was admitted to a hospital in the Japanese city of Okazaki, located about 300 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.