Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Apple has decided to close its Apple Store stores around the world, with the exception of China. Apple confirmed.
In a statement released by the company, the closure is effective until March 27.
“In our workplaces and in our communities, we must do everything we can to limit the spread of Covid-19. Apple will temporarily close all stores outside of China until March 27” says the company’s CEO Tim Cook.
The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us. At Apple, we are people first, and we do what we do with the belief that technology can change lives and the hope that it can be a valuable tool in a moment like this, read the statement.
The company said they have raised approximately $15 million in donations towards fighting the epidemic.
“Apple’s committed donations to the global COVID-19 response — both to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic — today reached $15 million worldwide,”
South Africa has confirmed 38 cases as of 14 March 2020.