After a #Covid outbreak caused staff to #lockdown at the workplace, workers have escaped Apple’s largest iPhone production plant in #China. About ten people were seen in a video posted online climbing a barrier outside the #Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, which is located in the heart of China.
The strict zero-Covid policy of Chinese President Xi Jinping is still causing problems for the country’s citizens and enterprises.
According to the Reuters news agency, Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan province, recorded 167 locally transmitted diseases last week, up from 97 the week before. As a result, part of the city of around 10 million people was placed under a rigorous lockdown as China continues to combat Covid.
With hundreds of thousands of employees at its Zhengzhou site, Foxconn serves as a supplier to US-based Apple but has not released an official estimate of how many of them are affected. On Sunday, the Taiwan-based corporation asserted that it would not prevent employees from quitting. As a result, part of the city of around 10 million people was placed under a rigorous lockdown as China continues to combat Covid.
On October 19, Foxconn declared that all dine-in catering will be prohibited at the Zhengzhou factory and that employees would now be compelled to eat in their rooms. While the plant scaled up manufacturing of the newest iPhone 14 models, the firm told reporters that “regular production” was being maintained.
According to a statement released by Foxconn on Sunday, “the government decided to restore dine-in meals to increase the convenience and enjoyment of employees’ lives.”
The statement further stated that “the [factory] is cooperating with the government to organise staff and cars to provide a point-to-point orderly return service for employees beginning today” for those wishing to travel back home.
Cities in China are granted the authority to act quickly to contain any virus outbreaks as part of the country’s stringent zero-Covid policy. This might range from complete lockdowns to frequent testing and travel limitations. Several people had hoped that President Xi would rescind the law before the end of the year, but he made it clear at the most recent 20th Communist Party congress that this was not going to happen anytime soon.
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