The Coronavirus is constantly claiming victims. This week, the Geneva International Motor Show, one of the most important events of its kind worldwide, has decided to cancel its opening this year, due to the imminent risk posed by the Coronavirus that has gradually spread around the world.
The World Health Organization has begun to advise member countries to take ‘aggressive’ measures to stop the spread of the virus. In Switzerland, the Federal Council has announced a ban on large-scale events and gatherings involving more than 1,000 people to try to prevent the spread of the disease.
All eyes were therefore on the Geneva International Motor Show, one of the most important trade fairs in the sector, which was about to take place in the Swiss city. Following rumours of a possible delay, finally at a press conference, the cancellation of the show was announced in the wake of other events such as the MWC.
The Geneva Motor Show, another victim of the Coronavirus
On 28 December 2019, the Swiss Federal Council launched a battery of emergency measures under the country’s Epidemic Act that will remain in force until 15 March 2020. The most striking of these measures is the banning of public and private events that bring together more than 1,000 people in one place.
Switzerland, which borders the Italian regions most affected by the outbreak, has seen a significant increase in cases in recent days, which has already affected the country’s main cities. With these measures, the Swiss authorities intend to stop the spread of the virus while this is still possible.
It only remains to be seen whether all these measures actually achieve their objective, because when it comes to viruses and diseases, in a world where humans are constantly moving from one place to another and where we are the carriers par excellence of these diseases, there is perhaps very little that can be done to prevent a large-scale spread. Yet despite this, modern medicine has always been able to slow the progress of the deadliest diseases that have appeared at least since the last century.