By Richa Noriega
Starbucks stores in the Philippines will be temporarily closed amid the COVID-19 threat, the coffee chain announced.
In an advisory on Monday, Starbucks Philippines said the decision was made after careful consideration and the guidance of local authorities.
— Starbucks Philippines (@starbucksph) March 23, 2020
“The health and well-being of our partners and customers remains top of mind and our highest priority,” they said. “For now, let us all stay indoors, stay safe and healthy.”
Last Jan. 25, Starbucks closed all shops and suspended delivery services in China’s Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, where the COVID-19 pandemic originated in its capital Wuhan in China.
The death toll from the virus — which has upended lives and closed businesses and schools across the planet — surged to more than 14,300 worldwide Sunday, according to an Agence France Presse tally.
There have been more than 324,290 infections reported in 171 countries and territories. (With reports from Reuters and AFP)
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