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CES unable to confirm COVID-19 cases after 70 S.Korean nationals test positive

CES unable to confirm COVID-19 cases after 70 S.Korean nationals test positive

Visitors pass a CES sign during CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Jan. 6, 2022. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The organizer of CES, the world’s largest technology show, said on Thursday it could not confirm the number of COVID-19 cases from its in-person event in Las Vegas last week after South Korean authorities said about 70 . attendees from the country tested positive for the virus.

Among the 70 South Korean nationals were representatives of Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) and chip maker SK Hynix (000660.KS), sources told Reuters on Tuesday. read more

Of the 40,000 who attended CES, 30% traveled from outside the United States.

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The show, which ran both online and offline between January 5 and 7, had continued despite major corporations including General Motors (GMN) and Amazon.com Inc canceled their in-person attendance as Omicron cases increased around the world. read more

“Results of tests performed on site by medical personnel were reported to local health authorities in Southern Nevada,” said CES organizer Consumer Technology Association.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

Other news from CES, automaker Stellantis NV (STLA.MI) said Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares, who attended the show, did not contract COVID-19 in Las Vegas.

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Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru and additional reporting by Gilles Guillaume in Paris; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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