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Contagion fears force cancellation of trade fairs across Asia

Companies scramble to unveil gadgets on YouTube and at domestic events

Attendance has been sparse at this year's Singapore Airshow. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

SINGAPORE/TOKYO -- Coronavirus fears have led to a string of large-scale events being canceled across Asia, forcing businesses to seek alternative ways to show off their latest products.

While an overwhelming majority of the more than 60,000 confirmed cases of the virus -- and the more than 1,300 deaths -- are in mainland China, other places have called off major attractions and conferences.

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