Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract maker, says it has “essentially” resumed normal operations in Shenzhen after a partial lockdown forced its factories to go offline, Reuters reports. In a statement, the company said it had “essentially resumed normal work order and production operations” at its Longhua and Guanlan factories, although it added that it will “strictly enforce the policies of epidemic prevention and control” and that some staff will live and work in a bubble. Reuters notes that employees in Futian, a district of Shenzhen, are still asked to work from home.
The reopening comes just over a week after the company announced it was suspending operations in the city after a spike of 60 new infections were reported. China has been following a strict “zero-COVID” strategy since the start of the pandemic, The Guardian notes, and used strict lockdowns and mass testing to keep the virus at bay. Saturday, The Guardian reported that the country had reported its first two coronavirus deaths in more than a year, bringing the number of reported deaths in the country to 4,638 since the start of the pandemic.
Although Foxconn is a major supplier to Apple, the Shenzhen shutdown is unlikely to have had a huge impact on its iPhone production. Reuters notes that the majority of Foxconn’s iPhone production in the country is believed to take place in Zhengzhou in Henan province.