Foxconn halts production as Shenzhen goes into lockdown

Foxconn and other manufacturers halted operations at the China Technology Center in Shenzhen after authorities announced a partial shutdown 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 Sunday.

Foxconn is the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, and the most important supplier to companies including Apple and Samsung. Several Chinese tech giants such as Huawei, Tencent and Oppo are headquartered in Shenzhen, which is near the border with Hong Kong. Foxconn says it will halt production at its plants in Longhua and Guanlan until further notice, Nikki Reports; Shenzhen base is the second largest Foxconn in the country.

China continues to take a strict approach to curbing 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 chip maker SMIC, is also introducing new restrictions as of today; Buses to other counties will be suspended and will require a negative PCR test for anyone trying to leave or enter the city. 64 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Shanghai on Sunday.

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