Apple closes stores in China due to Coronavirus

Yolanda Curtis
February 3, 2020

The temporary shutdown includes contact centers, corporate offices, and stores in mainland China.

McDonald's, which has about 3,300 restaurants in China, has reportedly suspended operations at hundreds of its stores, while Starbucks has temporarily closed about half of its more than 4,300 stores in the virus-infested country, the report said.

Apple's online store remains open and the company said it would closely monitor the situation. On Monday, the Shanghai government ordered companies to close down and resume operations on February 9 as it fortifies its control and prevention of coronavirus.

Apple has announced it is shutting all its retail outlets and offices in China in an attempt to slow the spread of deadly coronavirus. Besides the inevitable health concerns, experts in the smartphone field are now trying to project if the quarantine will impact smartphone manufacturing.

There has been a total of 14,628 confirmed cases of Coronavirus across the world with the majority of cases coming from China alone.

Apple isn't the only big tech company taking precautionary actions in China because of the health crisis. China is both a major supplier and market for Apple, with CEO Tim Cook telling investors last week that his company was working on mitigation plans to deal with any possible reduction in production. Facebook has also followed suit and restricted employee travel to the country.

The virus has prompted the government to extend the Lunar New Year holiday through this weekend in a bid to contain its spread, but many provinces and cities have called on companies to delay their return to work.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) had earlier met to discuss the possibilities to curb the virus from spreading further.

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