Apple will temporarily close one of its retail stores in Italy, as the country battles the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Italy has been the hardest hit by the virus of any European country so far.
Apple’s regional website lists that Apple Oriocenter in the province of Bergamo will be closed on March 7 and 8, on orders by the Italian government.
A decree of the President of the Council of Ministers issued last week, ordered all medium and large retail stores, as well as commercial establishments within shopping centers, in the provinces of Bergamo, Lodi, Piacenza, and Cremona are to close on Saturday and Sunday to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Similar orders were handed down for other Italian provinces and territories.
Similar government-ordered weekend closures occurred at Apple il Leone, Apple Fiordaliso and Apple Carosello on February 29 and March 1.
Italy is now the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths in the world outside of China, where the viral outbreak originated. The Italian death toll is currently 79 deaths, according to the Civil Protection Agency.