The city of Austin, Texas announced Friday it will cancel South by Southwest, the annual festival that draws major musicians, tech companies, and keynote speakers. The cancellation is due to fears of the spreading COVID-19 coronavirus. "After careful deliberation, there was no acceptable path forward that would mitigate the risk enough to protect our community," said Mark Escott, the city's interim health authority. The festival was scheduled to begin on March 13, but major companies slowly announced plans to pull out of the lineup over coronavirus fears, including Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon Studios. Austin has no known cases of coronavirus. The cancellation is the first time in 34 years the festival will not go on as planned.
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