Coronavirus: Sweden’s IKEA closes stories in mainland China

AP: Sweden’s IKEA has announced all of its stories in mainland China will remain closed for now to protect its customers and staff from the coronavirus outbreak.

The furniture and home goods retailer is a favorite destination of Chinese city dwellers both for shopping and for just hanging out.

The company said in a statement posted on its website that the stories would remain closed from Jan. 30 onward after shutting a week ago for the Lunar New Year holiday.

It asked everyone to please excuse the inconvenience. IKEA’s website lists 33 outlets in China, including one in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of the virus, which can cause pneumonia and other severe respiratory symptoms.

The company said, “We will pay close attention to the epidemic situation, and the stores will be closed until further notice.”

It also said, “We believe that the viruses will not cut off our love of life. Hand in hand, the epidemic will be defeated!”

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