With Italy having more cases of COVID-19 Infections and Deaths than any other country in Europe, Apple shuts down all 17 Stores
It's being reported this afternoon that the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen by 31% in 24 hours in Italy as governments across Europe cancelled events, shut schools and imposed draconian travel bans and the World Health Organization formally declared a pandemic. Italy’s civil protection service said the number of deaths rose to 827 on Wednesday.
According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple has said that it is closing all 17 of its retail stores in Italy "until further notice" as the coronavirus pandemic limits activity in the country.
Apple's statement read: "As we support the work to contain and manage the spread of COVID-19, our priority remains the health and safety of everyone in the communities we serve."
The Guardian report points to a chart the shows that 10,000+ people have been infected thus far in Italy which is the highest in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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To get a general feel for how People are taking this in Italy, read the BBC report titled "Coronavirus: Confusion and fear sweep through Italy amid lockdown."