An iPhone for Christmas? China locks down the city of Apple’s biggest factory


China confine for five days Due to the increase in cases of covid-19 eight districts of the city of Zhengzhou (center)where is the main iPhone manufacturing plant in the country, protagonist of violent protests in recent days.

The health authorities will begin a “war of pandemic annihilation, control and prevention” on Friday at 00:00 local time (16:00 GMT on Thursday) in the main urban areas of the city due to the increase in covid cases, the local government reported. Some measures that could imply delays in the global production chain China being considered the factory of the world.

Residents of downtown Zhengzhou will require a negative covid test and permission from local authorities to leave the confined area, although they are advised not to leave their homes “unless it is necessary.” The reactions to the news on the country’s social networks, such as Weibo – equivalent to Twitter, censored in China – were instantaneous and mostly They questioned that the closure will last only five days.

The workers of the Apple supplier company demand better working conditions

In the meantime, foxconn, The Taiwanese company that supplies the American Apple and one of the main iPhone assemblers, issued a statement to defend its position after they went viral on the networks videos of workers in his factory protesting violently for their working and wage conditions.

The Foxconn plant has been operating in “closed loop” for at least a month, meaning workers cannot leave the premises, and in recent weeks it has been busy recruiting more workers to normalize production and replace the hundreds who left to avoid being confined.

The company assured that in the event of “any violence”, the firm will follow a communication process with the workers and the authorities to “prevent similar incidents from happening again”, in what would be a confirmation of the incidents that occurred yesterday, but censored on the social networks of the Asian country. The employees of the Foxconn plant left their residences during the early hours of Wednesday, pushing guards clad in PPE suits, according to the videos, reproduced on platforms such as Twitter, banned in China.

some of the guards they beat the workers while crowds of people tried to force their way through the barricades and protested about wages, food during lockdown or the accumulation of rubbish. Since 2020, large factories in China, such as Foxconn’s in Zhengzhou, have responded to outbreaks in nearby areas by establishing a “closed loop,” which isolates workers for long periods at the facility to avoid contagion from outside and maintain production. which has sometimes caused protests due to poor sanitary conditions or the lack of food.

China remains clinging to the ‘zero covid’ policywhich consists of the isolation of all those infected and their close contacts, strict border controls, mobility restrictions and massive PCR test campaigns wherever a case is detected.


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