Foxconn Warns Staff to Keep Away From Shenzhen iPhone Plant as Virus Prevention Efforts Continue

Apple's main iPhone assembler Foxconn has told employees not to return to work at its Shenzhen facility in China when the extended Lunar New Year break ends on February 10, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg.

"To safeguard everyone's health and safety and comply with government virus prevention measures, we urge you not to return to Shenzhen," Foxconn wrote in a text message sent to employees. "We'll update you on the situation in the city. The company will protect everyone's work-related rights and interests in the duration. As for the happy reunion date in Shenzhen, please wait for further notice."
Foxconn has reportedly halted almost all of its production in China as the government and businesses attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country, where more than 31,000 cases have been reported so far.

It's unclear whether the Shenzhen policy extends to all employees or to Foxconn's other facilities. Earlier this week, the ‌iPhone‌ manufacturer said it planned to resume full-scale production by February 10. Other Apple suppliers such as Quanta Computer, Inventec and LG Display also said they would go back to work next week in China, but sticking to that plan seems less certain by the day.
"As a matter of policy and for reasons of commercial sensitivity, we do not comment on our specific production facilities," Foxconn told Bloomberg. "We have been closely monitoring the current public health challenge linked to the coronavirus and we are applying all recommended health and hygiene practices to all aspects of our operations in the affected markets."
Foxconn has slashed its 2020 revenue outlook after strict quarantines at its main base in China to guard against the coronavirus outbreak. The company has adopted a quarantine policy so that workers returning from outside Henan province will be sequestered for 14 days, while staff who reside within the province will be isolated for one week.

The timing of the coronavirus outbreak could impact supply of the new lower-cost iPhone that Apple is expected to announce in March. Bloomberg recently reported that production of the device was slated to begin in February, but the coronavirus outbreak could delay that timeframe.

Apple typically sources components from multiple suppliers, and Foxconn has factories outside of China, so it's likely that Apple will still release the lower-cost ‌iPhone‌ in March, even if supply is limited at launch.

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2 weeks ago
My buddy is in Shenzhen at this time; he shared these photos to show the ghost town that it is right now...















Rating: 17 Votes
2 weeks ago
To everyone who wants to pan all of this off as hysteria, don't pay attention to what leaders are saying. Pay attention to what they're doing and what they're doing in China and elsewhere suggests that this is not a drill. Nobody is going to take drastic measures like the one's we're seeing if they think they're just dealing with something that's less lethal than traffic accidents or the seasonal flu.

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter if you believe in the severity of this. It does happen to be a nasty flu season too so wash your hands well with soap, wipe down your phone, and stay home if you're sick so you don't spread whatever it is that you have even if it's only a mild cold.
Rating: 10 Votes
2 weeks ago


One would think the Chinese government would not want to do so unless it really thought it necessary.


And they surely didn’t decide to build two 1500+ bed “hospitals” working around the clock just because it would be a fun project during the Lunar New Year holiday. That’s sure a pretty extreme statement for a nothing burger.
Rating: 5 Votes
2 weeks ago


How was your buddy allowed to be outside and film this, while there is not a soul in the streets? Is he a high-ranking police officer?


The city isn't quarantined, therefore people are free to travel, equally the vast majority are avoiding public places, with many still away in the interior for the Lunar New Year festivities. Personally I'm from the west and China is very far from what many peoples perception of the country is.

A lot of what's being done here is recommendation, at the end of the day the virus is highly infectious and it simply makes sense to reduce the risks of it spreading.

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Rating: 4 Votes
2 weeks ago
Exactly. China has shut down all public transportation in the affected areas. Driving a personal vehicle without permission is an arrestable offense. All movie theaters in the affected regions were forced closed by the Chinese government. The list goes on and on.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago


Because people and governments never overreact or make irrational decisions. Remember this is all precaution because the scientific community still don’t know some unknowns about 2019-nCoV, this makes them uneasy unlike the flu where humans have lived with since the beginning of time and we know a lot about it.


This could be overreaction, but keep in mind people and especially governments lie. They tend to deny reality until it is impossible to continue to do so. It is hard to know what the truth is in all this. But, shutting down commerce is a big deal. If these shutdowns continue this will be a big deal. One would think the Chinese government would not want to do so unless it really thought it necessary.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago


To everyone who wants to pan all of this off as hysteria, don't pay attention to what leaders are saying. Pay attention to what they're doing and what they're doing in China and elsewhere suggests that this is not a drill. Nobody is going to take drastic measures like the one's we're seeing if they think they're just dealing with something that's less lethal than traffic accidents or the seasonal flu.

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter if you believe in any of this. It does happen to be a nasty flu season too. Wash your hands well with soap, wipe down your phone, and stay home if you're sick so you don't spread whatever it is that you have even if it's just a mild cold. Even that mild cold might not be so mild to someone else. People react differently to pathogens.


Exactly, nobody takes such drastic action without good reason, the cost to the Chinese economy alone will be significant, let alone companies. For perspective Foxconn in Shenzhen employs in the region of 500K people, is akin to closing down a smaller city...

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Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
I see a lot of comparisons between influenza and coronavirus, so I got curious and tried to look up the similarities and differences. Coronavirus has some interesting and alarming traits that make it worth the precautions China is taking.

Looking at the example of coronavirus in animals: There’s a kind of coronavirus that, in the presence of pre-existing conditions like a positive status for feline leukemia virus, can mutate and cause feline infectious peritonitis, which is almost always lethal. I sadly found out the hard way when it killed our much beloved cat.

From what I’ve read of this coronavirus, the concern is similar. In the presence of pre existing conditions like Type 2 diabetes, which was specifically named in the article I saw about why the virus was a special concern in people 50 and over, the virus could take advantage of any small compromises in the immune system and take a more deadly form than usual in the lungs, but possibly also the gut.

With influenza, the primary danger seems to be from the inflammatory response of the body to the virus.

So, assuming I’ve understood correctly what I’ve read, they’re both potentially lethal but in different ways. There are vaccines for the flu. So there’s some hope of keeping it contained to manageable levels, though I’ve seen it get bad in California a couple of years ago.

There’s nothing like that for the coronavirus that I’ve heard of so far, so that’s why China’s seen a massive spread of cases that has reportedly overwhelmed their existing healthcare system in Wuhan.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
This is sad. I'm perfectly fine waiting for new electronics if it means the workers remain healthy -- and I hope they aren't taking too much of a financial hit from not being at work.

If this hits NYC at even a fraction of the severity I'm so screwed. We are not as organized as China here.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago


Watch when all this is done the global scientific community will demonstrate a reduction in CO2 emissions. How they will project this will be interesting?


It's like when you get really sick and lose weight. There's a silver lining in everything....
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