Apple to shut some US stores due to virus

Ayanti Bera and Stephen Nellis
Apple says stores in four US states will be closed amid an increase in COVID-19 infections

Apple says it is temporarily shutting some stores again in the US states of Florida, Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country.

Shares of the company, which said the closure would affect 11 stores in these states, were down 0.5 per cent.

Apple had planned to reopen about 100 US stores, mostly with curbside pick-up but some with walk-in service, in late May as lockdown restrictions began to ease.

However, cases in the United States have been steadily rising, with more than 2.2 million people infected and at least 118,396 people dead.

In a letter to Apple customers in May, Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's retail chief, had said the company would look at data on a local basis and that re-closings were a possibility based on that data.

"These are not decisions we rush into - and a store opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant," O'Brien had said.