The coronavrus continues to spread in China, having killed more than 250 people so far. In order to slow the spread of the virus, some security measures are being taken by technology companies.
Xiaomi, for example, has closed its physical stores in the country since January 29, reopening only today (03). In addition, there is a possibility for the Chinese manufacturer to cancel the Mi 10 launch event due to the coronavirus.
Now, that same decision has been made by Apple, which announced the temporary closure of all of its 42 stores in China until February 9. In an official statement, the company said it would close stores and offices "based on recent advice from health experts", but that it hopes to reopen the units "as soon as possible".
On the other hand, the online store remains open so that consumers can make their purchases. The statement ends by saying, "Our thoughts are with the people most immediately affected by the coronavirus and with those who work day and night to study and contain it."
The impact of coronavirus on the mobile industry is still considered small, but this scenario could change if the outbreak continues any longer. Daniel Ives, managing director of research at Wedbush Securities, revealed that: "… if the outbreak extends to the end of February or March, we will have problems in the global technology market".
Recently, it was reported that iPhone 9 production would be affected due to the coronavirus, but that information was "dropped" by Foxconn. The company said, "NWe comment on our specific production practices, but we can confirm that we have measures in place to ensure that we can continue to fulfill all global manufacturing obligations. "
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