Apple closes stores, offices in China as Coronavirus spreads

Apple closes stores, offices in China as Coronavirus spreads

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Apple has closed all its stores, offices and contact centres in the city till February 9.

Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we’re closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centres in mainland China through Feb 9. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and we look forward to reopening our stores as soon as possible, " an Apple spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

There has been a total of 14,628 confirmed cases of Coronavirus across the world with the majority of cases coming from China alone. The virus has claimed over 305 lives.

Apple took the precautionary measure despite China being one of its major sources of business. The tech giant relies on China for the assembling of the products that it sells around the world. Although the Apple spokesperson did not divulge much about how the Coronavirus has affected the company’s business, it was being reported that a lot of Apple’s production has been stalled because of the virus.

Earlier, Apple CEO revealed that they had limited employee travel to China and had closed a store in China. Facebook has also followed suit and restricted employee travel to the country. Coming back to Apple’s association with China, a total of 10,000 people are directly employed by the tech giant and over three million people are employed indirectly.

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.