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Authorities in Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone factory, have ordered a lockdown of several districts in the city amid a Covid-19 outbreak that has sparked panic and violent protests.

Residents of central Zhengzhou should not leave their homes “unless necessary,” the local government said late Wednesday.

In addition, they cannot leave the area if they do not present a negative covid test and obtain permission from the authorities, he added.

The restrictions, which will last at least five days from midnight Friday, will affect more than six million people, about half the population of this city in central China.

The government notice also requires residents of eight districts to undergo a daily covid test during this period.

This order comes after the outbreak of violent protests at the vast industrial complex in the city of the technology firm Foxconn, where the largest production of iPhone phones in the world is located.

The factory imposed anti-covid restrictions on its own for a month to prevent the proliferation of infections among its workforce.

Images of workers fleeing the factory on foot surfaced last month amid allegations of poor working conditions at the facility.

The Zhengzhou municipal government said Wednesday that the outbreak in the city was “still serious and complicated.”

The Asian giant announced this Thursday a record of daily infections since the start of the pandemic, with 31,454 new cases, a relatively low figure in a population of 1.4 billion people.

Of these new infections, 675 were registered in Zhengzhou, the vast majority asymptomatic.



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