Brief: Singapore IT show canceled due to SARS

The annual CommunicAsia IT conference and exhibition due to take place in late June in Singapore has been canceled by the organizers because of continuing concern over the regional outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

It wasn't possible to reschedule the event for later in the year because a number of other big IT and electronics events have already been planned for those months, Singapore Exhibition Services (SES) said in a statement yesterday.

SES said that since the SARS outbreak in Asia hadn't stabilized, exhibitors and visitors had expressed concerns about their safety at the show. It appeared likely that visitor numbers would have been severely reduced because of travel warnings issued by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The next CommunicAsia will be held in June 2004, SES said in the statement.

Singapore reported 17 new suspected cases of SARS today, and the government has placed 2,890 people under home quarantine.


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