Apple closes all 53 retail stores in California and many others across the U.S, Europe, and other countries

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Apple has temporarily closed all retail stores in California and many more across the US, Mexico, and Brazil. The company is also set to close more than a dozen stores at different locations in the UK, according to The Verge.

“We’re temporarily closing soon, but are currently open for pickup of existing online orders, previously scheduled in-store Genius Support appointments and previously reserved one-on-one shopping sessions with a Specialist made through Tuesday, December 22”, Apple wrote in its website for the affected CA stores.

Last week, Apple closed many stores in Germany and the Netherlands. A fifth of the company’s locations worldwide are now closed, and many more to be shut down temporarily, according to the report.

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Apple attributed the closure to the surge in coronavirus cases.

“Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” the company told Bloomberg.

More Californians are dying from coronavirus now than at any other point in the pandemic. CDC data on Saturday showed that California had a total of 1,807,982 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of December 19.

In the last week, a total of 1,500 Californians lost their lives to the deadly virus, according to data compiled by The New York Times. Death tolls reported by California on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were 295, 394, 288 and 265, respectively, making them the deadliest days the state has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

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For the first time since the pandemic, California activated its emergency alert system in the SF Bay Area yesterday, sending a stern message directly to every phone to help people understand that a stay-at-home order is now in effect.