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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, China, Dec 14, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Apple shuts stores worldwide

Apple will close all its stores worldwide except those in China until March 27 in response to the spread of coronavirus, said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

"Apple will be temporarily closing all stores outside of Greater China until March 27 and committing $15 million to help with worldwide recovery," Cook tweeted on Saturday.

According to his statement, the company is moving to flexible work arrangements in all of its offices worldwide except China, adding that its online stores will remain open.

Apple reopened all 42 of its branded stores in China on Friday as the infection rates have dramatically declined in the country.


An empty street is pictured, on the sixth day of an unprecedented lockdown across of all Italy imposed to slow the outbreak of coronavirus in Milan, Italy March 15, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Europe new point of pandemic

The World Health Organization said on Friday that Europe has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, as more cases are being reported on the continent every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.

Following Italy, Spain on Saturday announced a near-total nationwide lockdown, that starting on Monday bans people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or buy food.

The Spanish Prime Minister's Office confirmed late on Saturday night that Begona Gomez, the wife of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

France drastically stepped up its measures against the spread of the coronavirus on Saturday, ordering the closure of all cafes, restaurants and cinemas.

The UK is close to telling residents aged 70 and older to stay indoors, likely for an extended period of up to four months.


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) near the close of trading in New York, US, March 12, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Fed cuts rate to nearly zero

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) cut interest rates to near zero on Sunday in another emergency move to help shore up the US economy amid the rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic.

For the second time since the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed cut rates at an emergency meeting, aiming for a target range of 0% to 0.25% to help put a floor under a rapidly disintegrating global economy.

The Fed decision came as part of a broad package of measures that seeks to cushion the blow from the Covid-19 outbreak.

"The Federal Reserve is prepared to use its full range of tools to support the flow of credit to households and businesses and thereby promote its maximum employment and price stability goals," the central bank said.

The Fed also said that it will increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $500 billion and its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $200 billion over coming months.


Passengers arriving at Dalian International Airport pass through a thermal scanner on Mar 16 in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province. [Photo by Zhang Xiaomin/chinadaily.com.cn]

>Steps to curb imported cases

Starting Monday, all passengers arriving at Beijing from overseas will be put on 14-day quarantine at designated facilities equipped with healthcare services, Chen Bei, deputy secretary-general of the Beijing municipal government, said at a news conference on Sunday. Expenses incurred will be paid by travelers themselves, she added.

"Imported cases have become the majority of the city's newly confirmed cases," she said.

Inbound travelers who were found to be infected or suspected of having COVID-19 during their trips to Beijing from overseas will bear their own medical costs if they are not covered by China's health insurance policies, Chen said.


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