A week ago, a “zero tolerance policy for COVID-19” forced Chinese authorities to impose a lockdown in Shenzhen, limiting the ability of employees at many companies to get to work. Foxconn has managed to partially restore the activity of two electronics assembly plants since Wednesday, and now their work is almost back to normal, according to reports Reuters with reference to company statements.
Recall that one of the two Foxconn companies in Shenzhen produces the iPhone, although among the sites of such a specialization in China it is not the largest. Now the company’s operations in the city are almost back to normal, although Foxconn still has to meet strict requirements to control the spread of the coronavirus infection. We remember that up to and including Sunday this meant the constant presence of employees in a closed area that included both assembly plants and dormitories. At the same time, regular PCR tests were carried out on the staff.
Shenzhen’s Futian business district is still under strict lockdown measures, with employees being urged to work from home and avoid office visits, Reuters notes. Analysts have previously reported that even in a worst-case scenario, Shenzhen’s lockdown could cut just 10% of its annual iPhone production schedule. Since the production stoppage lasted only a few days, the damage from the lockdown would be minimal.