BEIJING: ZhengzhouApple Inc’s largest iPhone production site will remain largely locked in down For five days as Chinese officials resort to tighter control to stop swelling. Covid-19 outbreak.
Due to rising viral infections, Zhengzhou’s main urban areas will see mobility controls (a euphemism of lockdown) imposed from Friday through November 29. casesZhengzhou’s pandemic taskforce issued a statement on Wednesday night. Wednesday’s infection count was 996, an increase of 813 from the previous day.
After hundreds of workers at the plant made their concerns known, the new restrictions were announced. as “iPhone City” was named after its sheer size. They rushed out of their dormitories earlier in that day to create the city. According to footage from the scene, Foxconn Technology Group employees clashed against white-clad security personnel. Anger over unpaid wages and fear of virus infections fuelled the unrest.
The Wednesday night directive of the Zhengzhou government states that people who live in designated areas must be notified. as High-risk individuals should remain at home. Others are advised to stay in their homes or compound unless they are absolutely necessary. Daily PCR tests are also conducted.
Ronnie Cai, 31 years old, lives in one of the locked houses down districts. He stated that there were rumors of more severe restrictions before the announcement.
“I just don’t understand how, after fighting the virus for a month already, we can really get it under control in five days,” Cai said. “I have food that I stockpiled earlier and community officials said we can go out to buy food at a specific time, but we haven’t been given guidance on how it will work yet.”
According to the government’s statement the district where Foxconn’s factories were located was not included in the eight districts under lockdown.
The plant is still in an area that has been classified. as High risk means that lockdown-like movement restrictions are in place. Since the company’s inception, the closed loop has been used at the site. Workers are kept inside their dorms or the production line and have no contact with the outside. These systems enable factories to keep production going. Covid However, lockdowns have not been able to stop workers from being confined. This has created unrest in Zhengzhou and other areas.
Zhengzhou’s moves are a step back towards intensive, broadening movements Covid The curb China was used before the top leaders encouraged a more targeted approach.
Within the past week ChinaA new 20-point guideline for handling a variety of situations was issued by the National Health Commission. Covid Surging infections are causing more disruptions than usual, which has led to many cities being forced to go back to the old tougher approach. Shijiazhuang was a city near Beijing that had relaxed a number of testing after the new directives. However, it was forced to revert to the tougher approach within days. down The city.
‘Elimination battle’
Zhengzhou will also have traffic controls to keep non-essential vehicles from the roads. The city will wage an “elimination battle” For Covid According to Zhengzhou Daily, no person or household missed a mass screening exercise for the next five days.
This is a significant shift in a city that was once criticized. ChinaThe National Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for blanket shutdowns rather than more specific curbs.
Zhengzhou’s movements show that it is difficult to apply a more focused, lighter approach. Covid When the goal is to control outbreaks. There are now more contagious strains of the virus. China’s Covid Zero The policy that was successfully implemented during the outbreak in Wuhan is now virtually unavoidable without severe restrictions.
“Excess restrictions are hard to resist as long as containing the outbreak remains the central task of Covid Zero,” said Neo Wang, Evercore ISI managing director for China The new measures appear to be based on research. “That means the government will continue prioritizing the protection of the industrial sector and supply chains.”