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SXSW Is Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

The Austin-based event had been scheduled to begin on March 13.

SXSW is the latest major event to be cancelled over coronavirus concerns. 

The Austin event, which focuses on technology, music and entertainment, had seen a string of participants bail in recent days. On Friday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler told reporters that the event is cancelled and declared a state of emergency for the city. 

The event had been scheduled to take place from March 13 to March 22.

Several other major events and gatherings have been cancelled or moved online in recent days owing to fears about contamination. 

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