Apple doubles donation to China’s COVID-19 relief efforts

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The total now exceeds 50 billion yuan ($7 million).
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Tim Cook on Wednesday confirmed that Apple has more than doubled its donation to China’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The iPhone-maker has now handed over more than 50 billion yuan ($7 million).

Apple is one of a number of Silicon Valley giants that have stepped up to help the world deal with the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to sizable donations, it has offered up 10 million masks, pledged support for workers, and more.

And it seems Cupertino isn’t done yet.

Apple steps up in China

“Apple more than doubled its donation to China’s efforts to fight COVID-19 to over 50 million yuan ($7 million), CEO Tim Cook posted on Weibo on Wednesday,” reads a report from Reuters.

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, a charity based in Beijing, has reportedly received 20 billion yuan from Apple. The money is being used to support six hospitals in Hubei, including a makeshift location in Wuhan.

Cook said the rest of Apple’s donation will support longer-term recovery efforts.

“China has shown incredible spirit and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak and we are grateful to our teams, partners and customers for their support during these challenging times,” Cook added.

China Apple Stores back in business

The news comes weeks after Apple reopened all of its 42 retail stores in China — one of its largest and most important markets in recent years. Apple’s local manufacturing partners have also recovered to normal operation.