CES 2022 now ends a day earlier than planned as Omicron cases soared

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CES will now end a day earlier than planned, the organizer of the global technology and gadget show said after companies like Amazon.com and General Motors canceled personal attendance at the event in Las Vegas due to concerns from Omicron.

“The move was made as an additional security measure to the current health protocols that have been introduced for CES,” said the organizer Consumer Technology Association (CTA) on Friday, announcing that the event will now end on January 7th.

The proliferation of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron has led to a surge in COVID-19 infections worldwide, prompting many to rethink their travel plans and result in thousands of flight cancellations.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the US has doubled to a record high of an average of 329,000 per day within eight days, according to a Reuters tally.

Concerned about the new variant loom, many companies have withdrawn from being present at the virtual and personally planned event, which starts on January 5th with over 2,200 exhibitors.

In the past few days, a multitude of companies, including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Proctor & Gamble, Alphabets Google, and Facebook parent Meta Platforms, have also discontinued their personal plans.

Sony Electronics, of the Sony Group, has announced that staff and attendees will be limited at the event.

All participants in Las Vegas must be fully vaccinated and masked. COVID-19 test kits will also be provided at the venue, according to the CTA.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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