One of the most-attended tech conferences, CES, is continuing with plans to hold an event within two weeks, although a growing number of well-known tech companies are reluctant in their plans to attend in person between a increase in cases with Covid-19.

According to foreign media, the Telegraph reports, Amazon (AMZN), Meta (FB), T-Mobile (TMUS), Twitter (TWTR) and Pinterest (PINS) confirmed this week that they no longer plan to attend CES in Las Vegas in early next month, citing health concerns and uncertainty from the recent increase in Covid-19 cases.

"The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.

"Due to the rapidly changing situation and uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, we will no longer have an on-site presence at CES," Amazon spokeswoman Sarah Sobolewski said in a statement.

However, the company still plans to have a virtual presence.

"Due to the great care for our employees, we will not be attending CES in person due to the growing public health concerns about COVID-19," said Kamran Mumtaz, a spokesman for Meta, a well-known company. formerly like Facebook.

"We will participate virtually as much as possible and continue to work with the CTA around CES, which remains an important event for Meta, our customers and industry partners," Mumtaz added. referred to the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the event.

Several media outlets, including Verge and CNN, have also begun canceling their plans to personally cover CES, as many of them had already planned to send smaller teams than usual.

Even before the companies started withdrawing this year, CES was expected to be a smaller event than usual, but the CTA confirmed on Wednesday that it has no plans to give up personal attendance.

Instead, it plans to implement security measures, including vaccine mandates and mask requirements and testing.

CES will also have online components for companies and participants who will not be attending in person.

/ Telegraphy /