Late on Friday, the 13th of March 2020, the Cupertino, CA-based iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc., the largest tax-payer in the United States, said in a statement that the iPhone maker would shut down all of its retail outlets across the world except those in the Greater China for next 14 days in order to limit the risk of human-to-human coronavirus transmission.
In point of fact, Apple Inc.’s Friday’s (March 13th) had also largely coincided with the President Donald Trump’s remarks who said in an address to the nations earlier on Friday (March 13th) that the next two weeks would likely to be highly crucial, while WHO (World Health Organization) had labelled Europe as the new epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak, which analysts said had already mutated and altered its genome sequence, while Remdesivir, a novel anti-viral drug that was used during Ebola epidemic and had shown initial responses to some coronavirus infected patients, appeared to have stopped functioning in most of the newer cases and the symptomatic treatments alongside immune therapy remained as the last line of defence.
Nonetheless, adding that all of Apple Inc. retail stores across globe but 42 Apple Inc. outlets in greater China would be shut down over the next two weeks, Apple Inc. Chief Executive, Tim Cook wrote in a letter posted in the company’s website late on Friday (March 13th), “We will be closing all of our retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27.
In all of our offices, we are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of Greater China. That means team members should work remotely if their job allows. ”