Apple Store at Fashion Valley Mall. Courtesy Apple

Apple has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in California amid the surging coronavirus outbreak, expanding previously announced closures, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The company said on Friday it was temporarily shutting a dozen stores in California following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, sending the iPhone maker’s shares down in trading on Wall Street.

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Customers would still be able to pick up existing orders for the next few days, the spokesman said. The statement did not mention when Apple expects the stores to reopen.

The new closings come as California reported 43,608 new cases and 272 more deaths on Saturday and hospitals in many parts of the state reported running out of available ICU beds.

— Reuters

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