Apple Inc has quickly shut all of its 53 shops in California due to a corona virus outbreak and 16 shops in the UK following restrictions launched by the federal government in London, a spokesman mentioned on Saturday.

The corporate mentioned on Friday it was quickly shutting some shops in California following a surge in COVID-19 instances, sending the iPhone maker’s shares down in buying and selling after the bell. That announcement lined at the least 12 shops.

Apple temporarily shuts 53 stores in California: 16 in UK amid COVID-19

The spokesman mentioned in an emailed assertion that “Because of present COVID-19 situations; in a number of the communities we serve, we’re quickly closing shops in these areas. We take this step with the abundance of warning as we intently; monitor the scenario and we sit up for having our groups and prospects again as quickly as potential.”

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Clients would nonetheless be capable to decide up present orders; for the following few days, the spokesman mentioned. The assertion didn’t point out when Apple expects the shops to reopen.

Corona virus instances are rising in the US; and the UK, with the US having had over 17.four million infections and about 314,000 deaths.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday imposed an efficient lockdown on over 16 million individuals in England and reversed plans to ease curbs over Christmas. The UK’s different nations, whose response to the pandemic differs from that of England at occasions, additionally took motion.

Johnson mentioned London and southeast England would now be positioned in a brand new Tier four degree of lockdown and other people in these areas shall be required to remain at aside from important causes equivalent to work. Non-essential retail will shut, as will indoor leisure and leisure.