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Xiaomi shutters its Chinese physical stores in response to the coronavirus crisis

Xiaomi is doing its bit to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (Source: YouTube)
Xiaomi is doing its bit to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (Source: YouTube)
Xiaomi has announced that it will keep its brick-and-mortar stores in China closed for several days from January 28, 2020. The OEM has stated that this is to co-operate with governmental efforts to contain the spread of a novel coronavirus that has already claimed numerous lives in the country. However, customers can still order products online if necessary.

A new disease has reportedly broken out in the Wuhan area of China, in a manner that has drawn parallels with the SARS outbreak of the earlier 2000s. This condition, which is associated with a coronavirus, has already claimed approximately 80 lives.

Xiaomi, one of the most successful mobile device OEMs in this country, has responded to this situation by pledging to keep its physical stores closed for several days. It has a relatively large number of these, and in fact added 100 more at the end of 2019.

This will take effect from January 28, 2020 to February 3, 2020. The OEM has also announced that those who really want to buy Xiaomi devices over this period can do so via its online store or its Mall app, although delivery may be delayed.

It is not the only major tech company to contribute to municipal responses to the epidemic: for example, Lenovo has reportedly donated the IT equipment necessary to complete a new emergency medical center in Wuhan.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-27 (Update: 2020-01-27)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.