Ten days after opting for the closure of all its offices and stores distributed in China, the bitten apple announces an at least partial recovery of activities: some Apple Store of the capital Beijing will reopen its doors tomorrow, Friday 14 February. However, they will do so with a shorter schedule. Instead, those present in other cities of the country will remain closed, always as a precautionary measure in the context of an emergency coronavirus.
Apple reopens some Beijing stores
To date the confirmed cases of contagion from COVID-19 there are 60,360 worldwide (according to WHO data), 59,823 of which are in China. 1,370 deaths and 6,280 patients recovered. The epidemic prompted GSMA leaders yesterday to decide on the cancellation of the MWC 2020 scheduled in Barcelona for the next few weeks, from 24 to 27 February, after many of the most important participating companies had announced their intention to step away from the event precisely because of fears related to the coronavirus.
A measure labeled by some as excessive, well received by those who consider it an absolute priority health protection, even at the cost of stopping the huge organizational and logistical machine of the most important fair of the year for the mobile sector.
Certainly the spread of the pathogen is also creating many difficulties for the big names in the technological world. Apple itself could be affected in the immediate future, in particular as regards a slowdown in the production rhythms of the devices marketed: some of the suppliers used have their headquarters or plants in the province of Hubei or in the city of Wuhan where did the spread of the coronavirus begin.