Cases of people infected with Coronavirus continue to emerge in China, and with that, Apple had to review its plans in the country. Until then, as we reported, the company had closed three stores (in the cities of Qingdao, Nanjing and Fuzhou). According to the company, they would reopen on February 3 and 4; not anymore.
In a statement sent to Mark Gurman (gives Bloomberg), the company said the following:
Our thoughts are with the people immediately most affected by the Coronavirus and with those who work day and night to study and contain it. With great care and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we are closing all of our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China by February 9th. Apple’s online store in China remains open. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and hope to reopen our stores as soon as possible.
That is, basically the entire operation of the company will be paused in the country for one week, until the day February 9.
A few days ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak (which started in the city of Wuhan and has expanded to dozens of countries) a global public health emergency. According to the latest news, 304 people have already died in China from the Coronavirus; the current number of infected is 2,590.
In Brazil there are 16 suspected cases of Coronavirus, according to information from the Ministry of Health, 8 in São Paulo, 4 in Rio Grande do Sul, 2 in Santa Catarina, one in Paraná and one in Ceará.