Apple Reportedly Reopens All Stores In China After Coronavirus Closures
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Shoppers wear face masks in a Beijing Apple Store on Wednesday. The company reportedly reopened the last of its China retail locations on Friday.
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[/apple/ Apple] has reopened all of its stores in China, [ Bloomberg] and [ Reuters] reported, after [/news/apples-chinese-stores-to-remain-closed-due-to-coronavirus/ shutting them] last month due to the [/coronavirus/ coronavirus] outbreak. It's been [/news/apple-will-reopen-beijing-stores-with-limited-hours/ gradually reopening] them since then, and the final one apparently resumed business on Friday.
The closures factored into the Cupertino, California, company warning last month that the virus' impact was likely to [/news/apple-warns-coronavirus-will-hurt-iphone-supply-and-its-quarterly-revenue/ hurt its quarterly revenue]. Shortly afterward, CEO [/tags/tim-cook/ Tim Cook] expressed confidence that China was getting the outbreak [/news/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-china-is-getting-coronavirus-under-control/ under control].
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The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as [/news/coronavirus-and-covid-19-all-your-questions-answered/ COVID-19], was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. It's now infected [/news/coronavirus-and-covid-19-all-your-questions-answered/ nearly 130,000 people] and caused more than 4,700 deaths globally.
Tech companies have been [/news/coronavirus-cancellations-delays-changes-rose-parade-super-nintendo-world-and-more/ reacting to the outbreak] by canceling conferences, bắc kinh taking steps to combat misinformation on their platforms and instructing employees to work from home. Apple [/news/apple-closes-store-in-italy-restricts-employee-travel-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/ closed stores in Italy], in addition to restricting employee travel. Cook has also given most of his company's global workforce permission to [ work from home].
The company didn't respond to a request for comment.