The iPhone castle in China breaks the “closed loop” of Corona restrictions
Foxconn Technology, which assembles iPhones, has eased coronavirus restrictions at its largest factory in China, which employs nearly a quarter of a million workers.
The company said in a statement on one of its official “WeChat” accounts on social media that it will end the so-called “closed loop” system in its factory located in Zhengzhou, central China, which required workers to remain in their workplaces and dormitories to prevent the spread of Corona virus infection. .
These restrictions have put thousands of workers out of work and slowed production dramatically. The move to ease restrictions comes about a week after China began easing harsh restrictions on “Corona” despite indications of an increase in the number of infections.
The factory employs more than 200 thousand people. Because of its enormity and a wide area of more than 2.2 miles, this industrial complex was called “Iphone City”, where workers lived in buildings consisting of 10 or 12 floors.
For several years, Apple relied on an extensive manufacturing network in China to produce iPhones, iPads, and other company products. However, Apple’s dependence on the Chinese dragon was subjected to a difficult test this year as a result of China’s “zero-Covid” policy and the strict closures that took place under that policy.
Last week, China eased strict health restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19 that were aimed at reducing infections and deaths.
In particular, the authorities ended the automatic quarantine system in special centers for those who tested positive, and large-scale and mandatory PCR testing campaigns were also stopped.
As a result, the number of people who initiated an examination decreased, which led to an arithmetic decline in the number of new infections, which gives a false impression of an improvement in the health situation in the country. The Ministry of Health confirmed that the official figures no longer reflect reality.
And if restaurants, malls, and parks have reopened, traffic remains light on the streets of Beijing. Many residents of the capital are receiving treatment in their homes, while others fear catching the virus, and shops are finding it difficult to continue their work due to the infection of their employees.
After adhering to the hardline “zero Covid” policy for a long time, the Chinese government seems determined to continue opening up the country. However, the consequences of this wave of infections may be severe for the hospital system, especially in less developed regions, and may affect the elderly, millions of whom have not yet received the full vaccine.