Foxconn and other manufacturers are suspending operations at the Chinese technology hub in Shenzhen after authorities announced a partial shutdown due to an increase 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 following the reporting of 60 new infections on Sunday.
Foxconn is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics and the main supplier to companies including Apple and Samsung. Many Chinese technology giants such as Huawei, Tencent and Oppo are headquartered in Shenzhen, near the Hong Kong border. Foxconn says it is halting production at its Longhua and Guanlan factories for the time being. Nikkei reports; The Shenzhen base is Foxconn’s second largest in the country.
China continues to take a strict approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19. It has reported a total of 4,636 deaths and 115,466 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Shanghai, the most populous city in the country and home to the major chip maker SMIC, is also introducing 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 COVID-19 cases were reported in Shanghai on Sunday.