Foxconn halts production as Shenzhen enters lockdown

Foxconn and other manufacturers are suspending operations in China’s Shenzhen tech hub after authorities announced a partial lockdown due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Businesses providing non-essential services have been ordered to close and everyone in the city of 17 million will be tested for COVID-19 after 60 new infections were reported on Sunday.

Foxconn is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics and the largest supplier to companies such as Apple and Samsung. Many Chinese tech giants like Huawei, Tencent and Oppo are headquartered in Shenzhen, which is located near the border with Hong Kong. Foxconn says it is halting production at its Longhua and Guanlan plants until further notice, Nikkei reports; the Shenzhen base is Foxconn’s second largest in the country.

China continues to take a strict approach to limit the spread of COVID-19. It has reported a total of 4,636 deaths and 115,466 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Shanghai, the country’s most populous city and home to major chipmaker SMIC, is also enacting new restrictions from today; buses to other provinces will be suspended and a negative PCR test will be required for anyone attempting to leave or enter the city. 64 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Shanghai on Sunday.


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