Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mobile World Virus

Neighbors of Bisbe Street, in front of the Catalan Government building in Barcelona, Spain woke up on Tuesday to find street art on one of its walls. 

Urban artist Salvatore (right), popularly known as TVBoy had painted Leonardo da Vinci's famous La Gioconda wearing a mask while holding a smartphone – he called the art Mobile World Virus!

The current Covid-19 outbreak has caused the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress, an annual trade show dedicated primarily to the mobile communications industry that would take place in Barcelona on February 24-27. The event usually attracts more than 100,000 people, with an estimated 6,000 of them travelling from China.  

MWC is not the only event that got expunged from the events calendar. Many other events all over the world face a similar fate. 

I'm still saying we are overreacting – and the Lemming effect has taken a powerful hold on our collective psyche. 

From trade exhibitions and fashion shows to sports and examinations, some of the world’s biggest events are being cancelled due to Covid-19. These include:
  • Hong Kong Marathon on February 09 – Cancelled. 
  • Asian indoor championships in Hangzhou, China from February 12-13 – Cancelled. 
  • Asian water polo championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from February 12-16 – Cancelled. 
  • Tokyo Marathon on March 01 – Restricted to elite runners consisting of 176 athletes and 30 wheelchair athletes. 
  • Diving world series event in Beijing, China from March 07-09 – Cancelled. 
  • Formula E’s Sanya E-Prix in Sanya, China on March 21 – Cancelled. 
  • Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 – Postponed. New date not set. For rugby, Hong Kong Sevens moved from April 03-05 to October 16-18 and Singapore Sevens moved from April 11-12 to October 10-11. 

Touch wood, World Speech Day is still on the calendar on March 15. 

As of now, according to thewuhanvirus.com:

  







Let’s not be too obsessed with numbers.

In Malaysia, the total cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases still stand at 22 cases – but 15 have since been discharged after making full recovery and only seven patients are still receiving treatments at hospitals in the country. So, let's get on with life, please!

Yesterday, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid faced off in the first leg of the last-16 in this Champions League match. The former played their worst game whilst the latter demonstrated vintage defensive display as well as their apparent gamesmanship to scrape a 1-0 win off a dodgy corner in the fourth minute. 

We need to shake it off and get Anfield rocking for the return leg is all that needs to be said.

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