Starbucks shuts shops, suspends delivery in China’s Hubei amid virus outbreak

Published January 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters 

BEIJING – Starbucks has closed all shops and suspended delivery services in China’s Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, where a coronavirus outbreak originated from its capital Wuhan has caused 41 deaths in China.

 visitor drinks coffee at a Starbucks outlet inside the Forbidden City in Beijing January 18, 2007. (REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV / MANILA BULLETIN)
A customer drinks coffee at a Starbucks outlet inside the Forbidden City in Beijing January 18, 2007. (REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV / MANILA BULLETIN)

Starbucks said on Saturday that the move is out of “health concerns” for its customers and employees, according to a post on China’s twitter-like Weibo. The central province of Hubei is home to nearly 60 million people.

 
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