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At a news conference in Austin, Texas, this morning, local government and public health officials said they are not yet recommending South by Southwest cancel its conference and festivals, scheduled to begin next week, despite fears of coronavirus.
SXSW appears to be dodging a trend that has seen several high-profile events, including Facebook’s F8 conference, Mobile World Congress and Dubai Lynx, get canceled or postponed due to the epidemic.
“At this point, there’s no evidence to suggest that canceling South by Southwest makes the community safer,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.