The world's largest iPhone manufacturer is rushing to tame fear in a bid to keep production running under China's policy of no Covid-19 spread

The world’s largest iPhone manufacturer is rushing to tame fear in a bid to keep production running under China’s policy of no Covid-19 spread

Packaged meals prepared by employees in hazmat suits, herbal medicine flyers, mandatory Covid-19 testing and strict social distancing — these are just glimpses of daily life inside the world’s largest iPhone factory, Chinese state media reports, as the factory rushes. To support the confidence after exodus of workers It raised questions about conditions at the site.

On Chinese social media platforms, previous videos are playing of workers complaining about food and hygiene conditions at the factory Foxconn Technology Group In the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, footage published by official outlets, which shows happy workers working under effective epidemic control measures, has been replaced.

“For breakfast, we had milk and bread, and if I want more, I can get an extra ration,” Wen Jialong, a Foxconn worker, told Henan TV, praising the company’s three free meals every day.

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But behind the camera, some workers said they remain concerned about the risk of infection at the complex, as neither Foxconn nor local authorities have disclosed the number of recorded Covid-19 cases.

One of the workers, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper that some of his colleagues chose to sleep on factory floors, next to assembly lines, instead of returning to dormitories, for fear of picking up the virus from neighbors who tested positive.

The worker said that some of them bought tents to sleep in.

A worker, who said he left the compound last weekend by climbing a makeshift iron fence, said he escaped because two of his roommates had tested positive for the virus but had not received any medical treatment.

“I was afraid to get infected. I was afraid to die. So I ran,” he said, adding that he walked more than 30 kilometers on the highway before being picked up by a truck.

Foxconn did not respond to a request for comment.

Workers who left the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou gather on the road. Photo: Weibo alt = Workers who left the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou gather on the road. Photo: Weibo>

The anxiety afflicting many of Foxconn’s nearly 300,000 workers, most of them in their 20s and 30s, reflects the Chinese government’s official narrative, which emphasizes the health threats of the coronavirus to justify strict lockdowns.

After an unknown number of Foxconn workers fled the plant last weekend, the local health authority reversed course and began telling people that the health impact of infection with the coronavirus was limited.

However, the Zhengzhou government did the utmost to contain the virus, and implemented measures including disinfecting all public places, although China’s National Health Authority deemed such measures unnecessary. The city also reminded residents to disinfect the surface of parcel deliveries.

On Wednesday, the 400-square-meter (4,300-square-foot) Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone, where Foxconn is located, entered a seven-day virtual shutdown, making it nearly impossible for anyone to enter or leave without prior approval.

A screenshot from a video showing Foxconn workers walking back to their hometown on the highway. Photo: Weibo alt = Screenshot from video showing Foxconn workers walking back to their hometown on the highway. Photo: Weibo>

One of the workers, who resigned this week but was unable to leave the compound due to the closure, told the newspaper by phone that the situation on the campus was less rosy than the state media had portrayed.

“If you don’t come to work, you don’t have the right to eat or check up,” the worker said. Meanwhile, trash in the building remained unclean, with food scraps and plastic bags accumulating around the bins, the worker said.

The worker said that resignation is highly discouraged at the moment because the plant is strengthening Iphone Production for the festive season in appleThe main markets are in the United States and Europe.

One of the largest exporters, taxpayers and employers in Zhengzhou, Foxconn – officially known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Received disease control support from the local government to continue production. Meanwhile, the company owns Increased her daily cash bonus for workers to 400 yuan (55 US dollars) from 100 yuan the previous week.

Customers queue at the Apple Fifth Avenue store to launch the iPhone 14 range in Manhattan, New York City. Photo: Reuters alt = Customers queue at the Apple Fifth Avenue store to launch the iPhone 14 range in Manhattan, New York City. Photo: Reuters >

Despite Foxconn’s efforts to maintain production, Reuters on Monday quoted an unnamed source familiar with the matter as saying iPhone production at the factory could drop by as much as 30 percent this month.

Ku Ming-Chi, an analyst at TF International Securities who tracks Apple’s supply chain, estimated that at least 10 percent of global iPhone production capacity is affected, although he expected Foxconn production to improve gradually within a few weeks and maintained his forecast. Previous iPhone shipments for this quarter.

A report by the local newspaper Henan Daily quoted an anonymous person, in charge of the Foxconn unit responsible for assembling the iPhone 14 series, as saying that the factory needed workers, and management demanded support from the company’s other facilities.

Health authorities in Henan Province on Thursday reported 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21 in its capital, Zhengzhou. Of the 165 asymptomatic cases found, 136 were found from the city.

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