iPhone maker Foxconn is among 100 companies in Shenzhen ordered by city authorities to set up “closed-loop” work systems in order to keep a lid on the growing number of Covid cases in the tech hub.
According to a document circulated online on Monday, the order, attributed to Shenzhen’s industry and information department, said major companies including BYD Co, Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp should minimize entry and output to the so-called loops.
While Reuters could not independently verify the document, a notice to a Shenzhen office of oil giant CNOOC Ltd said the building would be closed for seven days until July 31, with staff to work from home and continue with daily Covid testing.
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A CNOOC The spokesman had no immediate comment and the Shenzhen government did not respond to a request for comment.
Taiwan-based Foxconn said operations at its Shenzhen facility were “normal” and that it would follow government guidelines to ensure safe production.
Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while BYD, ZTE and Shenzhen-based drone maker DJI Technology Co declined to comment.
During its lockdown in April and May, China’s economic hub Shanghai tried to keep factories open under “closed-loop” operations, where staff live and work on-site, but companies said the agreements raised numerous difficulties.
Shenzhen, a technology hub of nearly 18 million people, reported 21 new locally transmitted Covid-19 infections on Sunday, up from 19 the day before.
Beijing’s “Zero Dynamics” policy
Although the number of cases is low by global standards, a slow increase over the past week has prompted local authorities to step up surveillance to comply with the central government’s “zero dynamic” policy to contain outbreaks as soon as possible. come out
Shenzhen has not ordered a blanket shutdown of businesses or harsh restrictions on people’s movements, but has sealed off buildings and residential buildings identified as being at greater risk.
Many offices, restaurants and public spaces required a test for a COVID test within 24 hours from Monday.
During an outbreak in March, Shenzhen adopted a week of so-called “slow living”, when residents underwent various tests and largely stayed at home, with one member of each household allowed out each few days to buy essential products.
Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara
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