Weeks after Apple reportedlyits mainland China retail stores, the company is seemingly more than doubling its investment in the country’s fight against the . It’ll pour over 50 million yuan (about $7.04 million) into the effort, according to Reuters, which cited a post from CEO Tim Cook on Chinese social network Weibo.
The company’s initial 20 million yuan (around $2.82 million) donation went to six hospitals in Hubei province, the news gathering service noted. Nearly 3,200 people in Hubei had died of the virus as of early Wednesday.
In February, Apple warned that it’s likely todue to the outbreak’s impact on both demand from Chinese customers and its production capabilities in the country.
Last month, Vice President Mike Pence 10 million.for pledging to donate 2 million masks and encouraged any businesses with masks to follow suit — Cook later increased the donation to
The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December and has spread worldwide in the months since. As of Wednesday morning, it had infected and caused more than 43,000 deaths globally.
The company didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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