London. Apple announced on saturday the closure of its out-of-China stores for two weeks and will only sell online as part of efforts to stem the new coronavirus pandemic.
"In our workplaces and communities, we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19," CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Saturday. "Apple will temporarily close all of its stores outside the Greater China region until March 27 and will allocate $ 15 million to aid in the global recovery."
In a more extensive online statement, Cook detailed that Apple stores in China have now reopened, the company has learned that "best practices that we are fostering enormously in our global response."
One of the lessons that Apple learned in China is that "the most effective way to minimize risks of virus transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distancing," he said. That is why the company is taking new measures to protect your workers and clients as the infection rate increases elsewhere.