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World’s largest iPhone assembly plant under quarantine — RT World News


A strict lockdown has been imposed in a district of Zhengzhou, China, due to an outbreak of Covid-19

Chinese authorities have ordered the quarantine of a key industrial zone in the city of Zhengzhou. The decision throws a spanner in the works of Apple, as it will affect an iPhone assembly plant that is crucial to the rollout of the Series 14.

The Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone (ZAEZ) was placed under “static lock” Wednesday for at least a week, according to a statement released by the local government. This means that all non-essential business and travel has been suspended in the district. People have been ordered to work from home if possible, unless they join the voluntary forces for the prevention of Covid-19.

The move follows a reported exodus of workers from a ZAEZ factory run by Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles iPhone devices. A video shared on Chinese social media last week shows people leaving the facility on foot because the city’s public transport was restricted due to Covid-19 concerns.

The factory employs around 300,000 workers. The walkout was apparently caused by an outbreak of the disease on the premises and fears of a full lockdown. Foxconn promised on Sunday to provide transportation for those who want to leave, as well as sanitary working conditions and daily PCR tests for those who want to stay.

Some cities in central China’s Henan Province, where Zhengzhou is located, have offered assistance to workers, urging them to request buses to take them to their hometowns. They are expected to undergo quarantine.

The plant was previously placed under a “closed-loop management” system, which involves limiting the movement of employees within the compound to prevent the transmission of infections. According to Reuters, the factory has experienced a sharp drop in production, which is expected to lead to a monthly decline of up to 30%.

The Chinese government maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding Covid-19, imposing lockdowns to quell outbreaks. Hanan province reported 359 new cases on Wednesday, down from 103 on Tuesday.

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Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou is billed as the world’s largest iPhone assembly plant. According to an estimate cited by Bloomberg, it is responsible for 80% of the capacity of the new iPhone 14 series, including more than 85% of the capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro. The line was first unveiled in September.

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