Apple supplier Foxconn halts production amid COVID-19 outbreak in China

Some of the world’s largest tech manufacturers have temporarily shuttered operations in China amid government lock downs in multiple provinces and cities meant to stem the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of its zero-tolerance goal to suppress COVID-19’s spread, the Chinese government ordered lockdowns in several places, including Shanghai and Shenzhen, a major container port and tech hub. Residents in cities under lockdown can only leave their homes for essential reasons.

Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer and Apple’s largest iPhone supplier, said in a statement today it will suspend production at its Longhua and Guanlan factories in Shenzhen. Those factories will remain closed “until further notice from the local government.

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