The number of people infected with the coronavirus topped 114,000 across the world as the outbreak spread to more countries, causing greater economic damage.

  • The European Parliament considers calling off this week’s plenary session, two officials said.
  • The Boao Forum, which China is trying to promote as Asia’s answer to Davos, has been postponed.
  • Japan’s travel restrictions on South Koreans have spurred cancellations of a string of K-pop concerts.
  • Ireland canceled all St. Patrick’s Day parades due next week and the government set aside 3 billion euros to tackle the infection.
  • All French top flight soccer matches will be played behind closed doors or with a maximum attendance of 1,000 people until April 15.
  • Madonna canceled shows in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday, promoter Live Nation said on Monday.
  • Adobe cancelled its annual live summit because of growing concerns about the coronavirus. Instead, the entire event will take place online.
  • REV’d Up Media Summit will also take place online to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Several major corporate conferences have been canceled or postponed because of the outbreak, including F8, Facebook’s annual conference for developers. F8 is Facebook’s biggest event of the year, and it’s set to be replaced with local events and live-streamed content.
  • The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which is the biggest smartphone conference of the year, was canceled after major companies including LG, Amazon, Sony, Ericsson, Facebook, Nvidia, MediaTek, Sprint, and Vivo pulled out of the event because of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Google News Initiative Global Summit, Google’s annual news conference, was canceled because of the outbreak.

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