Apple expands its store closures in China because of the coronavirus

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Apple said it is broadening its store closures in China because of the coronavirus flare-up in the region.

“After a thorough consultation with public health experts and government authorities, we are working toward re-opening our corporate offices and contact centers the week of February 10, and we are making preparations to reopen our retail stores,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to update our customers as opening dates are finalized. Our online store remains open. As we gradually return to work, our priority is the well-being of our teams, supplier partners and customers across China. Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by the Coronavirus and those working around the clock to treat, study and contain its spread.”

Recently, Apple said it intended to close down all stores in terrain China through Feb. 9 “[o]ut of an abundance of caution.”

China is a significant market and manufacturing region for Apple. It’s a key development driver for the organization, which shipped 3.2 million iPhones there through December, as per information published by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government thinks tank. Top investigator Ming-Chi Kuo cut iPhone shipment forecasts by 10% for the first quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus.

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