An employee on leave from the local Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The company said the employee took leave on Mar. 2 to care for a relative and was diagnosed with coronavirus on Mar. 12. He had not returned to the store since taking leave two weeks ago. TechCrunch was the first to report the story.

Apple said late Friday it will shut down all stores outside China until Mar. 27 to fight coronavirus.

“The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “As rates of new infections continue to grow in other places, we’re taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers.”

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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