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Apple closes stores outside of China until March 27

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — US-based Apple closes retail stores outside of China for two weeks as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This was announced on Friday by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Earlier, the company informed about the temporary closure of stores in mainland China due to the spread of coronavirus.

“Today, all our stores in Greater China (throughout the PRC – approx. TASS) are already open <…> Since the incidence rate continues to grow in other places, we are taking additional measures to protect our team members, as well as customers “We will close all of our retail stores outside of Greater China by March 27,” the statement said on an Apple website.

Cook emphasized that employees at closed offices will continue to receive standard salaries. You can still buy manufacturer products in online stores.

According to Bloomberg, the company has about 460 stores, of which approximately 270 are in the United States. March 11, it became known about the closure of Apple outlets in Italy, which is the largest source of infection outside the PRC.

According to the agency, the termination of the offices in Spain was announced.

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