January 25, 2020 / 4:53 AM / 2 months ago

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

FILE PHOTO: visitor drinks coffee at a Starbucks outlet inside the Forbidden City in Beijing January 18, 2007. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

BEIJING (Reuters) - 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.

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.

Reporting by Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh; Writing by Yawen Chen; Editing by Michael Perry

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