TEKNOKU.me – Apple closed all physical stores of Apple Store in China until 9 February 2020.
This step is carried out after an appeal emerged from several health experts, to minimize the impact of the spread of the 2019-nCoV or Coronavirus.
The spread of the Coronavirus also threatens the distribution of AirPods and iPhone SE 2, which will reportedly be called the iPhone 9. Because some iPhone and AirPods components are imported from China.
In addition, the Chinese government also urged residents to stay at home to avoid the effects of the Coronavirus. This is an anticipatory step so that the distribution of the coronavirus can be suppressed.
Although all physical outlets are closed, this policy does not affect the sales of Apple devices via online channels. Apple Store online, still operating and opening.
Apple is also rumored to be starting to mass-produce the iPhone 9 in February and will launch it around March. But the existence of the so-called coronavirus will make the production a little hampered.
However, one of Apple’s component supplier manufacturers, Foxconn, whose biggest factory is located in Shenzhen, China, has denied the concern.
Foxconn ensures that it will continue the production process and meet global demand, including its main client, Apple.
“Foxconn monitors all strict restrictions on health-related to the Coronavirus and we implement all recommended health and hygiene practices for all aspects of our operations in the affected markets,” said one Foxconn representative, quoted by The Verge.
Until now, the death toll from the Coronavirus is increasing and more cases are being recorded outside of China. The New York Times report said, until Monday (2/3/2020), the victim died due to the Coronavirus penetrating 360 lives in China.
As many as 2,000 new cases related to Corona were recorded in the country. According to the World Health Organization and the Chinese government, until now the total cases of the 2019-nCoV virus reached 17,205 cases in China.
The widespread distribution of the Coronavirus made the Wuhan City government, the origin of the virus, expand the quarantine area.
The latest news is that the Coronavirus victim from the Philippines died on Sunday (2/2/2020). That was the first case of death that came from outside China.