China Covid: Area around world’s biggest iPhone plant locked down – Read Full Details!

Chinese authorities have taken control of a Zhengzhou district, which is home the largest iPhone factory in the world, under strict coronavirus rules.

The lockdown began on Wednesday and will last seven days.

This move could have an impact on the production of the new iPhone 14 at Foxconn’s facility in the city.

China’s businesses and people continue to struggle with President Xi Jinping’s rigid zero-Covid policies.

Local authorities stated Wednesday that the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone lockdown would begin immediately and will end at noon local time on November 9.

According to an official notice posted on the WeChat social media platform, public transport services were suspended and people are advised to work at home.

Officials stated that they would “resolutely clamp down on all types of violations of regulations”.

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province in central China, is home to approximately 10 million people.

It reported 167 locally transmitted diseases in the seven days leading up to Saturday, an increase of 97 the week before.

Apple’s lockdown comes just before the launch of iPhone 14 and ahead the critical Christmas and Lunar New Year shopping periods.

Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, which employs approximately 200,000 people, produces most of Apple’s new smartphones.

Foxconn announced Tuesday that it had quadrupled daily bonuses at its manufacturing hub following a breakout of workers during a Covid lockdown.

According to the firm, bonuses for assembly-line workers will rise to 400 Yuan ($55.02; PS47.76 per day).

Foxconn stated that workers who work more than 25 days per month at the factory will be eligible for a maximum bonus up to 5,000 yuan. This is an increase from 1,500.

The bonus could amount to more than 15,000 Yuan per month for those who gave their “full effort” during November, without any leave.

According to the company, the bonuses were given as part of an effort “gradually resume ordered production” and “thank our fellow workers’ persistence”.

The plant has yet to release an official count of the number of people infected with the coronavirus.

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Image caption: Sunday, Foxconn workers leave Zhengzhou plant

Foxconn reported last Wednesday that a small number of Zhengzhou employees had been “affected” by the pandemic and that they were receiving “material supplies”, psychological comfort, and feedback.

“At the moment, the epidemic prevention work at Zhengzhou is moving steadily and the impact on our group is manageable. It stated that the operating outlook for this quarter was unchanged.

However, Stephen McDonell, the BBC’s China correspondent, shared footage of workers escaping the grounds and beginning long walks back home to their homes to avoid being caught by public transport.

Xia, a 22-year-old worker who went by the surname , that there was “total chaos” in the dormitories he and his colleagues were kept in.

Workers claimed that the surrounding area was locked down for days. Covid-positive workers were quarantined and tested daily in an effort to contain the spread of the disease.

Foxconn announced Sunday that workers will no longer be required to eat in their rooms at the plant “to improve the convenience of employees’ lives.”

The company stated that it was working with local governments to offer a “point to point orderly return service” to workers who want to return home.

It is not clear how workers will be allowed to return home now that the district has been locked down. Foxconn and Apple didn’t immediately respond to a BBC inquiry for comment.

Coronavirus epidemics have also affected other businesses in China in the past few days.

On Wednesday, Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio announced that production had been suspended at two factories in Hefei.

The firm announced this week that it had delivered more 10,000 vehicles in October.


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