NEW YORK, November 28. /TASS/. The Foxconn company’s iPhone manufacturing facility in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou may see a production shortfall of at least six mln units due to the difficult coronavirus situation and workers’ protests, Bloomberg reported.
According to the news outlet, the company will be unable to fully resume production by the end of the month due to unrest among its personnel, with many workers deciding to leave the facility. The manufacturing hub used to make 500,000 units a month.
Foxconn earlier offered bonuses of $1,800 to the workers who would remain at the site amid the anti-coronavirus measures, and also promised to raise wages in December and January.
Reports started spreading on Chinese social media earlier that 20,000 workers at the Foxconn facility had tested positive for COVID-19. The Taiwan-based Jingji Ribao newspaper wrote that some of the personnel had expressed a desire to quit their job because workers had been barred from leaving the campus in order to prevent the virus from spreading. The paper did not report the exact number of workers who had left the facility.
There are currently over 21,000 areas with increased or high infection levels across China, which is five times as many as a month ago.