Apple reopens all 42 China stores after coronavirus closures

Apple has reopened all of its stores in China after concerns over the coronavirus forced the tech giant to shut up shop.

Apple closed all of its retail stores and offices in China on February 1 due the outbreak.

The closures were scheduled to last just one week, but the company later updated this to Friday March 13, where all stores are now back open.

READ MORE: Apple iPhone sales in China plummet amid coronavirus outbreak

Some 38 stores were gradually reopened in the country, with the final four opening on local time on Friday – although a number of stores are operating restricted hours.

Apple was also forced to close all of its 17 Italian stores earlier this week, as the virus spread to Europe.

Earlier this week Chinese government data reported that Apple sold fewer than half a million iPhones in China during February, as the outbreak of coronavirus saw demand for smartphones plummet.

Mobile brands sold a total of 6.34 million devices in February, dropping 54.7 per cent from the 14 million achieved in the same month of last year.

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