Apple reopens all 42 retail stores in China as virus outbreak subsides

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The Pundong Apple Store in Shanghai, China is officially the world's busiest Apple Store. Good luck getting an appointment at the Genius Bar.
With Apple reopening its 42 retail stores in China, indications are conditions related to the coronavirus are improving.
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Apple reopened all 42 of its retail locations in China on Friday after it was forced to close them last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, that according to Apple’s website.

Apple reopened all but four stores last week as the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country began to subside. Last Wednesday, Apple began expanding its business hours at 19 locations and at least six stores returned to normal hours of operation. At that time, Apple had re-opened an additional 14 stores.

Apple was forced to close all 17 of its stores in Italy earlier this week as the virus spread throughout the country. It had also suspended all ‘Today at Apple’ sessions in selected locations including San Jose, San Francisco, and the Seattle area last week.

Since then, Apple announced late Thursday it would stop conducting sessions at all Apple Stores in the United States and Canada until further notice to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. ‘Today At Apple’ are free hands-on group classes focusing on video, music, photography, coding, and more at Apple Stores.

All of these developments come after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.

Worldwide, there are over 133,500 confirmed cases with more than 4,980 deaths. In the U.S., there are over 1,620 confirmed cases and 40 deaths.

Bloomberg reported the development Friday following confirmation from an Apple spokesperson.