Apple is closing all offices and stores in China through February 9th

Apple is closing all offices and stores in China through February 9th”

"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 centers in mainland China through February 9", an Apple spokesman said. The Cupertino tech juggernaut Apple temporarily ordered the shutdown of its 42 stores in China because of the lethal virus outbreak. 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. The city where the virus outbreak originated is home to several Apple suppliers.

Apple says it has been conducting checks on its store employees and carrying out deep cleaning too. 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.

It's probably no surprise to anyone that Apple has a lot of official stores in China. In its first-quarter earnings report, which announced the company's highest quarterly revenue in its history, Apple anticipated that its revenue could be affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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In the same call, Cook said that a number of Apple's channel partners had closed their retail stores in China, which could also affect sales. Besides the inevitable health concerns, experts in the smartphone field are now trying to project if the quarantine will impact smartphone manufacturing.

Apple took the precautionary measure despite China being one of its major sources of business. World Health Organization is working closely with the government on measures to understand the virus and limit transmission. Facebook has also followed suit and restricted employee travel to the country.

There have so far been 17,000 confirmed cases in China, with 361 deaths resulting from infections.

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