The massive iPhone factory in Zhengzhou is now under another COVID-19 lockdown, after thousands of employees fled!
iPhone Factory Now Under COVID-19 Lockdown!
On Wednesday, 2 November 2022, China placed the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone under a new COVID-19 lockdown. This is where Foxconn has its largest iPhone factory, employing about 200,000 workers
The Zhengzhou industrial zone, located in the Henan province, was placed under “silent management” measures with immediate effect, and last for one week – until November 9, 2022.
- all residents are barred from going out
- only approved vehicles are allowed on the road
Foxconn said in a statement that its campus will continue operating under a “closed loop” management system, in which employees sleep, live and work in a bubble, isolated from the rest of Zhengzhou and the world.
A source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters that such a lockdown could cut production of Apple iPhones by as much as 30%, and that Foxconn was working to boost production at their Shenzhen factory to make up for the shortfall.
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Employees Have Been Fleeing iPhone Factory For Days!
For several days now, Foxconn employees have been fleeing the Zhengzhou factory, after some workers were placed under quarantine following a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Foxconn employees also complained of poor food quality, and a lack of medical care for those who tested positive.
On Sunday, 30 October, Foxconn said that it would not stop them from leaving, and many workers chose to walk back to their hometowns.
Videos of those employees climbing over fences, and walking away from the factory went viral. So did photos and videos of those Foxconn workers trekking across fields in the day, and long roads at night.
Some people were walking amid wheat fields with their luggage, blankets and quilt. I couldn’t help but feel sad.
Those videos galvanised volunteers from nearby villages to put out food and drinks for the workers. Foxconn and several local governments finally arranged transportation for them.
Workers who were transported back to their hometowns were quarantined on arrival. A belated measure that should have been initiated earlier.
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