After a protracted battle with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this year’s Computex trade show has finally succumbed to the pathogen.

One of the world’s largest IT trade shows – and frequently a venue for major PC-related announcements – Computex 2020 was scheduled to take place last week. However due to the coronavirus and all of the health and travel restrictions born from it, back in March the show was delayed and rescheduled for late September. But as it turns out, even a 3 month delay won’t be quite enough to make the show work, and as a result event organizer TAITRA has given up on plans to host the trade show this year.

Calling the latest change in plans a “rescheduling” of Computex, the show has been officially moved to June 1st through the 5th of 2021. Which means that although the show overall has not been canceled and that there will be another Computex next year, for all practical purposes the 2020 show has been cancelled.

In the brief announcement, TAITRA cited the ongoing travel restrictions as being the primary reason for cancelling the 2020 show. Taiwan is still largely banning foreign nationals from entering the country, which if still in place in September, would pose an obvious issue to attending the trade show. At the same time, the original plan to reschedule the show to September was always a bit of a dicey proposition, as the delay put the show out of sync with annual product release cycles and fewer companies were planning to attend, leading to TAITRA scaling down the show accordingly.

Notably, this makes 2020 the first year that Computex has been cancelled entirely. Even in the SARS outbreak of 2003, the show was successfully moved to September. Which goes to show how much more serious and disruptive SARS-CoV-2 has turned out to be.

Source: TAITRA

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  • svan1971 - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    the infection rates can quadruple its does not change the fact 98% of those who get it recover from it. Reply
  • svan1971 - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    nearly half of those who have died did so in as a result of mandates forcing sick patients into nursing homes, that is a fact nobody discusses. Reply
  • sorten - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    "nearly half of those who have died did so in as a result of mandates forcing sick patients into nursing homes, that is a fact nobody discusses"

    Link to your references?
    Reply
  • sorten - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    "the infection rates can quadruple its does not change the fact 98% of those who get it recover from it"

    It's too early for anyone to have final mortality rates for COVID, but if we use the current numbers of infections and deaths in the United States then the rate is a bit over 5.6% (117K deaths out of 2.1M infected).

    If you quadruple the infection rate and keep the mortality rate the same, it just means 4x as many people will die. But there's also the risk of facilities running out of resources like we saw in New York back in March.
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  • close - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    shikibyakko read some stuff on the internet and came to enlighten everybody here. It's a conspiracy. He's probably going to log about it right now. Or whatever people who have discovered fringe websites as a primary source of information. Reply
  • shikibyakko - Monday, June 15, 2020 - link

    Nice strawman there. No one ever said it was a conspiracy.
    One of the most fringe websites I get info from is the Evidence Based Medicine Center from Oxford University.
    People are just dumb and have serious problems doing risk management.
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  • close - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    @shikibyakko, it doesn't sound like you know a lot about the Middle Ages. Or about the current one. "Divine punishment" may be the major fear in some backwater you may be more familiar with but any person capable of forming one full synapse is afraid of a virus that already killed over 15 million people worldwide in half a year give or take. And it's probably not done.

    Keep doing that good millennial work where you think that just because you have a voice people should definitely hear it, and that this is the best venue to spill your crap.
    Reply
  • close - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    * infected, not killed. Only killed half a million. This forum is trapped in the '90s. Reply
  • shikibyakko - Monday, June 15, 2020 - link

    With those numbers, according to the CDC own assessments of pandemics, this would be a pandemic level 2 or 3 out of 5.
    Yes, it is "worse" than the common anual flu, but it isn't really a devastating pandemic.
    Unlike an influenza pandemic, which usually kills the younger and older in society, this one mostly kills the older.
    Most outbreaks occur in nursing homes and hospitals.

    So no, it really doesn't make much sense to be afraid of this virus unless you are over 65 or with serious health problems.
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  • Peskarik - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    dream on. Then they will say "we have discovered another symptom of covid, you pee more than once a day/you breathe/your head scratches/....". Or there will be covid21. Practice shows - anything is possible, loads of people will believe anything, then they karen non-believers because political correctness is all that matters these days, and if that does not work you will be branded as nazzi or raciss, that will make you fold. Sad, sad world. Reply

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