As the coronavirus outbreak scares India with confirmed cases jumping to 28 and worldwide numbers increasing day by day, the smartphone manufacturers have either postponed their events or cancelled them in favour of online live streaming events.
Realme’s official statement
Major smartphone manufacture, Realme has said in a statement, “We would like to inform you that the launch of Realme 6 and 6 Pro Series which was scheduled for March 5th, 2020 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi has been cancelled due to recent reports of COVID-19 detection in New Delhi.
We have been closely monitoring the situation since yesterday and the safety of our attendees, fans, customers, volunteers, media and staff always comes first. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Nevertheless, for our enthusiastic fans and customers, we will still be going ahead with one of our biggest launches this year in the stadium without any attendees. You are most welcome to watch our launch event live on March 5th at 12.30 pm.
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Xiaomi also released a statement saying, “Dear Mi fans, media friends and partners. We’re extremely excited to launch the latest upgrade to India’s most loved Redmi Note series on 12 March at 12 pm. At Xiaomi India, we have always believed in innovation for everyone and it is this love of hundreds of millions of Indians that has made us the most loved technology brand. There’s true #NoMiWithoutYou.
Redmi Note series over the years has seen some of the biggest product launches in India with thousands in attendance. Xiaomi India team has always cherished these launches and the time spent with Mi Fans as well as media friends as a result.
We are taking this decision with the objective of reducing exposure risk to Coronavirus COVID-19 for our Mi fans, media friends, partners and Xiaomi employees.
For the uninitiated, in India, three fresh cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 48 hours, including an Italian national who landed in Jaipur on February 29. The other two patients suffering from COVID-19 are from Delhi and Hyderabad.
Six other people who came in contact with the Italian national have also been detected positive for the deadly virus.