Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler announced Friday that South By Southwest (SXSW) would be canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak and declared a "local disaster."
"All ramifications are secondary to helping to ensure that we are safe as a community," Adler said at the press conference, when asked about the economic impact of canceling the major conference. "This decision at all times has been governed at all times with the priority to keep the people who live here and visit here safe."
“Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year,” Facebook spokesman Tracy Clayton announced earlier this week.
SXSW organizers had announced new keynote speakers before its cancelation on Friday, with slated appearances from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House MORE and Andrew YangAndrew YangBottom line American elections are getting less predictable; there's a reason for that Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE.
Cases of coronavirus in the U.S. have surpassed 250. Globally, there are more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19, and at least 3,400 people have died from the illness.
Updated 5:30 p.m.
Alicia Cohn contributed.