China locks down ‘iPhone city’ as daily Covid cases reach all-time high | 5 points

In Zhengzhou, Apple’s biggest iPhone manufacturing site, 6.6 million people have been told to stay at home for the next four days as China’s daily Covid cases rise.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,Updated: November 25, 2022 2:46 PM IST

Protesters clash with security personnel in white protective clothing at the compound of the world’s largest Apple iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China. (Photo: AP)

By India Today Web Desk: Covid cases are on the rise again in China and cities have implemented strict measures and controls to contain the outbreak China reported 32,695 new local cases on Thursday, including 3,041 symptomatic and 29,654 asymptomatic, up from 31,444 a day earlier.

Most of the Covid infections have been recorded in Guangzhou and southwestern Chongqing, although hundreds of new infections have been reported daily in cities such as Chengdu, Jinan, Lanzhou, Xi’an and Wuhan.

In Zhengzhou, Apple’s largest iPhone manufacturing site, 6.6 million people have been told to stay at home for the next four days. The Associated Press reported that the city government ordered daily mass testing in what it called a “devastating war” against the virus.

Here are the latest developments on five points

  • In the last 24 hours, the number of new Covid cases increased by 31,444. This is the highest daily number since the coronavirus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. Although hospitalization rates and death rates are low, the government is committed to a “zero-Covid” policy that seeks to isolate and eradicate every case. Completely virus.

  • But the government is trying to contain the latest wave of outbreaks without shutting down factories and the rest of its economy until the early 2020s. This led to protests at Foxconn’s manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, where more than 20,000 workers fled strict Covid restrictions. , Reuters reported.

  • Workers are protesting against strict measures inside the world’s largest iPhone factory to prevent the spread of the virus. Factory workers have even clashed with police this week.

    The protests on Tuesday and Wednesday were driven by disagreements over the payment of workers hired to replace departing workers.

  • Meanwhile, Guangzhou suspended access to its Baiyun district of 3.7 million residents, while residents of some areas in Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million people southwest of Beijing, were told to stay at home while mass testing was carried out.

  • Beijing reported 424 symptomatic and 1,436 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, while Chongqing reported 258 new symptomatic local Covid-19 infections and 6,242 asymptomatic cases.

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