Coronavirus: Apple closes all its stores and offices in China

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Spain has confirmed its first case of coronavirus as the worldwide death toll for the killer bug hits 259.

Spanish authorities confirmed that a German tourist was taken ill with the infection while on holiday in the Canary Islands.

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The man was put into hospital quarantine on Wednesday after it emerged he had come into contact with another coronavirus patient in his home country before flying to Spain.

Britain and France are among 20 countries outside of mainland China to confirm cases of the virus as tech giant Apple has confirmed closure of all major stores and offices in the country.

Apple has said it will close all of its official stores and corporate offices in mainland China until February 9 as fears over the coronavirus outbreak have mounted.

A spokesman for Apple said: ‘Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we’re closing all our corporate offices, stores, and contact centers in mainland China through February 9.’

The company said looked forward to re-opening stores ‘as soon as possible’.

Earlier this week, Apple closed three stores in China due to concerns about the spread of the virus.

 

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