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Singapore Airshow opens but attendance nosedives over coronavirus

Rising infections put damper on biennial expo as scores of companies stay away

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force practices its aerobatic show on Feb. 9. Despite Chinese passport holders being banned from entering Singapore, the air force received an exemption. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- More than 70 companies, including U.S. giant Lockheed Martin and 12 Chinese entities, have withdrawn from this year's Singapore Airshow over fears of the new coronavirus, which continues to spread through Asia.

The show, which runs from Tuesday through Sunday, will feature about 930 companies from 45 countries and regions, the organizer Experia Events said on Sunday. However, some exhibitors have scaled back their presence and there will be far fewer visitors than in previous years.

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