China locks down area around world’s biggest iPhone factory due to COVID outbreak

Testing for COVID-19 in Zhengzhou
A medical worker sits on a mobile nucleic acid sampling rickshaw to take a swab sample from a resident for a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 on October 31, 2022 in Zhengzhou, China.

Liu Xu / VCG via Getty Images

Beijing – Access to an industrial zone in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou was suspended on Wednesday after the city reported dozens corona virus case and workers who gathered Apple Inc. iPhones leave their factory in the zone below the epidemic.

The announcement did not say whether the isolation of Zhengzhou Airport’s Economic Zone was related to the case at the Foxconn factory. It gave no indication of what led to the closure. He said no one could enter or leave for a week except to deliver food and medical supplies.

The Zhengzhou factory is the largest iPhone factory in the world, according to Agence France-Presse.

Separately, the government reported 64 confirmed cases have been found in Zhengzhou over the past 24 hours. He said 294 asymptomatic cases have also been found in the city of 12.5 million. It does not say how many are in industrial zones.

The ruling Communist Party implemented a “Zero COVID” policy that has the area was closed across China for several weeks try to isolate each case.

That has kept China’s infection rate relatively low but has disrupted trade and business at a time when other countries are easing anti-virus curbs. Public frustration with the ban has turned into clashes with the police in some areas.

In Zhengzhou, everyone in the industrial zone will be tested daily for the coronavirus, the Airport District said. It did not say how many people would be affected.

Regions across China tightened restrictions on movement and canceled airline flights last month after new infections surged following the week-long National Day holiday.

Residents in many parts of the Xinjiang region in the northwest are prohibited from leaving their homes in August and September. People in Urumqi and other cities who say they are running out of food and medicine are posting appeals for help on social media.

Thousands of employees left Foxconn Technology Group factories starting in mid-October after complaints that people with the virus were not receiving treatment. Some accused the company of failing to take action to prevent the spread of the virus.

AFP said images were posted on Chinese social media last week showing people “exiting the facility.”

Foxconn, the Taiwanese technology giant, said Sunday it uses “closed-loop management,” the official term for workers who stay at their workplaces and avoid contact with the outside. The company said sick employees were being treated but did not say if new infections were still occurring.

This week too, visitors to Shanghai Disneyland are temporarily prohibited from leaving as part of the virus testing the city government said on Tuesday it had expanded to 439,000 people. The city’s health agency said visitors on Monday tested negative and were allowed to leave.

Last week, 1.3 million residents of the city of Yangpu district in Shanghai were ordered to stay at home while testing.


Also Read :  Google AmbiML Open-Sources 'KataOS,' A Secure Operating System For Embedded Machine Learning Hardware

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

Back to top button