According to an Apple spokesperson, the US tech giant Apple Inc has closed down all of its 53 stores in California temporarily due to a coronavirus outbreak. Apart from this, it has temporarily shut down 16 stores in the United Kingdom after limitations introduced by the government in London. On Friday, Apple informed about the closing of a number of stores in California for the moment after a sudden rise in Covid-19 cases. This led to a fall in the shares of iPhone makers. The announcement impacted a minimum 12 stores. According to the Apple spokesperson, the firm has taken this step with an abundance of caution. The tech giant is monitoring the situation closely.
According to the spokesperson, for the next few days, customers would still be able to pick up existing orders. In the United States and the United Kingdom, coronavirus cases are rising at a steady pace. So far, the US has had more than 17.4 million infections and almost 314,000 deaths.
On Saturday, Boris Johnson – British Prime Minister — imposed an effective lockdown on more than 16 million people in England. Doing so, he has also taken back his plans to ease limitations over Christmas. Following UK, other adjoining nations have also taken action despite differences in opinion over response to the pandemic.
According to Johnson, the country would place southeast England and London in a new Tier 4 level of lockdown. Barring essential reasons such as work, people in those areas will be asked to stay at home. During the lockdown, non-essential retail will close along with indoor leisure and entertainment.