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Apple has temporarily closed two more of its retail stores in China. This was after the tech giants said it closed one store in the region to protect its employees from coronavirus. Bloomberg first noticed the additional closures on Apple’s website.

 

Apple CEO, Tim Cook confirms that one store in Qingdao, China had been shut down. This brings the total stores closed due to the virus to three.

 

The Rainbow City store in Nanjing, Tahoe Plaza store in Fuzhou and Vientiane City location in Qingdao involved. The Rainbow City and Tahoe Plaza stores will re-open again by 3rd February 2020. The Qingdao store, however, will re-open on 4th February 2020.

 

People queue outside an Apple Store in Shanghai, China. Photo by VCG – Getty Images

 

Apple has discussed the measures it’s taking to protect its employees from the coronavirus. The deadly disease has a death toll of up to 100 people.

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During its first-quarter earnings call on 28th January 2020, Apple CEO, Tim Cook said the company is deep cleaning its stores in China and checking the temperatures of its employees. It is also limiting employee travels to China to “business-critical situations.”

Apple will donate to groups helping out in China

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of those that are affected across the region,” Cook said to analysts during the call. He also posted on Twitter on 25th January 2020 that Apple would be donating to groups helping those affected.

 

Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri also said during the earnings call that it is factoring how the uncertainty around how the coronavirus will affect its business and its second-quarter revenue.

 

“The situation is emerging, and we’re still gathering lots of data points and monitoring it closely,” Cook said during the earnings call.

 

Apple relies on manufacturers in China for majority of its components and hardware.

 

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