Taipei is a modern city located on the island of Taiwan. It features all sorts of architecture and is a popular tourist destination. Its dense urban population, however, means that disease can quickly spread if left unchecked. Amid concerns over the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and its unprecedented spread, event organizers postponed the Taipei Game Show until at least this summer.
Scheduled from February 6-9, the expected attendance was approximately 320,000 people. According to VG247, a spokesperson issued a statement explaining why the organizers postponed the event.
"Considering mass gatherings like Taipei Game Show increase the chance of cluster infections, the organizing committee has decided to steer away from such unthinkable risks. We sincerely ask for exhibitors' understanding on such a major decision. The details of the execution on the postponement will be carefully discussed, and will be announced in the upcoming days."
The World Health Organization recently issued a global emergency regarding the Wuhan coronavirus. With an estimated mortality rate of 2%, most patients with healthy immune systems and access to adequate care are expected to recover. Its ability to spread before patients exhibit symptoms, however, has left nations across the globe scrambling to produce diagnostic tools.
You can follow The Guardian's live updates regarding the Wuhan coronavirus here. At time of writing, Singapore closed its borders to Chinese visitors and other foreigners who had visited mainland China in the past two weeks. Starting February 6, Delta Airlines has also suspended all flights between the United States and mainland China. Approximately 10,000 confirmed cases were reported worldwide, with a death toll surpassing 200 earlier today.
In a dark, morbidly humorous sort of way, the recent outbreak has caused a surge of sales for Plague Inc. in mainland China. This is a normal trend whenever diseases make headlines, though its studio's website crashed due to a high volume of players. Developer Ndemic Creations urged people not to treat the game as an accurate scientific simulation in a tweet.
Our website is currently offline due to very high player numbers. I'm copying our statement on the coronavirus outbreak here so people can still see it.https://t.co/pA6CUS7nJI pic.twitter.com/StXP6aemDe— Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc. (@NdemicCreations) January 24, 2020