Apple supplier suspends production at two factories in China | Corona virus pandemic

The report said operations were halted at factories in Kunshan, eastern China, after COVID-19 cases were reported.

On Monday, a subsidiary of Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group closed two factories outside Shanghai after new cases of Covid-19 were reported at the site, the company said on Monday.

The factories operated by Foxconn Interconnect Technology Limited, also known as FIT, are located in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, a small city located between historical Shanghai and Suzhou.

The FIT website says it provides components to companies specializing in wireless and Internet of Things (IoT) products, including its own brands like Linksys, Belkin, Wemo and Phyn.

The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that operations at two plants in Kunshan have been suspended since last Wednesday and employees have been confined to their dormitories.

Foxconn’s acting spokesman Jimmy Huang in Taipei told Al Jazeera that operations are continuing at Foxconn’s main campus.

In a follow-up statement to the company, Foxconn said the suspension of operations will have a limited impact as production has been moved elsewhere.

“Because production was previously deployed to support factories, the main products of the plant are in overseas shipping warehouses and inventory levels remain adequate, and the impact on the company’s business is limited,” the company said.

China faces its worst outbreak of COVID-19 since early 2020, with millions of people under lockdown as the country continues to pursue a controversial “COVID Zero” strategy to stamp out the virus.

The strict lockdown in Shanghai since late March has disrupted production at international companies including Tesla and led to food shortages that have sparked rare manifestations of public dissent among the population.

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