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Apple Reportedly Closed two more Stores in China overnight as Enterprise Giants Donate Millions to assist First Aid Responders +

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Yesterday Patently Apple reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has shut one store in China and reduced hours at others and is restricting employee travel due to the virus. Reportedly overnight Apple has closed another two stores, according to Bloomberg. Whether that's a voluntary move on Apple's part or part of a request from the Chinese Government is unknown at this time. Our report's cover graphic from Reuters shows Apple employees in a Beijing store wearing face masks due to the coronavirus.


Forbes is reporting tonight that "Amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases — the total surpassed 6,000 on Wednesday — billionaires and multinationals in China, the U.S. and elsewhere are opening their wallets to help authorities fight back against the outbreak.


The donations have poured in from both deep-pocketed companies and wealthy individuals around the world. In the United States, Bill Gates’ Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Sunday it would commit $10 million to aid first responders in China and Africa, including $5 million for international cooperation, treatment and vaccine development.


Alibaba founder Jack Ma, the second-richest person in China, reportedly pledged $14 million (100 million yuan) to efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine through his Jack Ma Foundation.


Alibaba announced last Saturday that it would establish a $144 million (1 billion yuan) fund to help hospitals buy sorely needed medical supplies in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the epidemic first emerged.


Chinese tech giants Baidu, Tencent, Huawei and ByteDance — run by billionaires Robin Li, Ma Huateng, Ren Zhengfei and Zhang Yiming, respectively — have also pitched in to combat the coronavirus, according to Chinese press reports. Baidu, Tencent and ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, together pledged $115 million (800 million yuan) to research new treatments and help authorities in the most affected areas.


Huawei contributed to the construction of Huoshenshan Hospital, a new emergency facility that’s being built in Wuhan.


Large multinationals in the U.S. and Europe — including Microsoft, Dell, L’Oreal and Cargill — have collectively donated roughly $1.4 million (10 million yuan) to the Chinese Red Cross and authorities in Hubei province battling the epidemic.


Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter last Saturday to announce that Apple would also contribute to efforts on the ground, as noted below. It's unknown what amount Apple will be sending.



For more on this story, read the full Forbes report.


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