Apple China shuts main stores due to virus outbreak

first_imgIt’s joining a handful of overseasretailers, including Starbucks Corp and McDonald’s Corp to temporarily shutstorefronts as a precautionary measure. SHANGHAI, China- Apple Inc. on Saturdaysaid it would shut all of its official stores and corporate offices in mainlandChina until Feb 9. as fears over the coronavirus outbreak mounted and the deathtoll more than doubled to over 250 from a week ago. Shanghai ramps up face masks production as demands for it increase amid corona virus scare. SOUTH CHINA MORNING Apple remains heavily reliant on Chinaboth for smartphone sales as well as for its supply chain and manufacturing.Many factories in Hubei province, including plants run by AB InBev and GeneralMotors Co, have temporarily suspended production due to the virus.center_img Earlier this week, Apple also closedthree stores in China due to concerns about the spread of the virus. In a recent earnings call, Apple CEO TimCook said the company was working out mitigation plans to deal with possibleproduction loss from its suppliers in Wuhan. The city where the virus outbreakoriginated is home to several Apple suppliers. (Reuters)last_img