The Foxconn factory in Chengdu and owned by Taiwan is the largest iPhone factory in the world. In recent days, as the number of coronavirus cases has been rising across China, strict lockdowns not seen since the spring have been introduced again at the local level. The management of the factory previously closed the factory, which employs around 200,000 people, and prohibited entry. This is necessary because the epidemic measures can even lead to the closing of the factory, so they prefer not to let the workers go home, just to maintain production.
However, within the huge complex, they were allegedly unable to provide for the people normally, so many people already sent messages about the lack of food and complained about the terrible hygiene conditions. Videos circulating on social media show workers breaking out of the factory gate.
The recordings also show that several people were beaten and taken away. By the way, Foxconn is struggling with a labor shortage and it would be necessary to hire at least 10,000 new workers in order to meet the order deadlines. The news agency Reuters has two different sources confirming the unrest at Foxconn.
The number of infected people is increasing again in China
The day before, the number of new cases was around 26,000 nationally, the last time reports of a similarly high daily number of infections were received in April, when, for example, Shanghai was sealed off for two months. Now, half of the 26,000 cases were detected in two two-giga cities. Guangzhou and Chongqing, which have about 35 million people separately, are now most exposed to the risk of infection.
In Beijing, 1,500 cases per day have been reported and schools have already been closed, the number of mandatory tests is increasing and access to and from the city is being restricted, writes the summary aljazeera The number of infected people has also increased in Chengdu and Shanghai, but a five-day lockdown has been in place in Guangzhou since Monday, despite the fact that an unprecedented wave of protests broke out in the big city earlier this month following a similar tightening. Mass testing was ordered in Chengdu, the center of Sichuan.
The new restrictions are a blow to the already ailing Chinese economy, which may produce an annual growth of around 3 percent this year, the weakest GDP figure for decades. Although it was planned at the highest level to relax the strict epidemiological rules, it seems that the so-called “zero-Covid policy”, which involves strict lockdowns, quarantine measures and mass testing, will continue.
(Cover photo: A Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen, China on February 22, 2013. Photo: AFP)