Apple supplier suspends production at two Chinese factories | coronavirus pandemic

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Operations have been halted at factories in Kunshan, eastern China, after cases of COVID-19 were reported, according to a report.

A subsidiary of Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group has closed two factories outside Shanghai after new cases of COVID-19 were reported there, the company said Monday.

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

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

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

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

In a follow-up statement from the company, Foxconn said the suspension of operations would have a limited effect because production had been moved elsewhere.

“As production was previously deployed in backup factories, the factory’s main products are located in overseas shipping warehouses and inventory levels are still sufficient, the impact on the business of the business is limited,” the company said.

China is facing its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the start of 2020, with millions of people under control as the country continues to pursue a controversial “COVID zero momentum” strategy to eliminate the virus.

A strict lockdown in Shanghai since late March has disrupted production for international companies, including Tesla, and led to food shortages that have sparked rare displays of public dissent among residents.

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