Expodental in Rimini officially postponed due to coronavirus
RIMINI, Italy: UNIDI, the Italian Dental Industry Association and organiser of Expodental Meeting in Rimini, has just announced that the 2020 event, which was scheduled to take place in May, will be postponed to 17–19 September.
Owing to the accelerating outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which was first reported in Wuhan in China at the end of December, and the strict restrictions issued by the Italian government on travel and thus affecting major events, UNIDI said that it felt obliged to make this decision. UNIDI also stated that it is working on maintaining the scientific and cultural programme, as well as the exhibition layout for the new dates.
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization director general declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Over the past weeks, the number of cases in Europe has grown rapidly, and most cases have been reported in Italy, where 3,858 cases of COVID-19 (the disease caused by this coronavirus) have been confirmed to date (6 March). Over 140 of these patients have already died in Italy.
Expodental Meeting is one of the most important events in the Mediterranean region for the national and international dental industry. In 2019, 350 exhibitors—22% of whom were from abroad—from 20 countries showcased their latest products at the fair. At the end of January this year, the organisers announced that about 85% of the exhibition space for Expodental Meeting 2020 had already been booked and that there would be an increased number of international exhibitors. Last year, over 21,000 visitors from 76 countries attended the event.
More information about the event can be found at www.expodental.it.