Computex rescheduled for Sept.

Computex rescheduled for Sept.

Postponed last month due to fears of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Computex, one of the world's largest IT hardware shows, has been rescheduled for Sept. 22-26, according to the show's organisers.

Held annually in Taipei, Computex was originally scheduled to be held from June 2-6. The show's organisers, the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) and the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA), decided to postpone the show after a survey of buyers and exhibitors indicated that attendees were concerned about the spread of SARS and wanted to see the exhibition postponed.

SARS has spread rapidly in Taiwan during recent weeks, with 610 probable cases and 81 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, the organisation noted in a statement that the lower number of new cases reported in Taiwan over the past few days indicated that the SARS outbreak there was in decline.

While the Computex show won't be held until September, TCA plans to offer a virtual exhibition on its Web site,, from June 2 through July 31.

The online exhibition would showcase products from hundreds of Taiwanese companies that would have been on offer at Computex during June, TCA said.

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