Foxconn warns staff to keep away from Shenzhen facility due to coronavirus

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., parent company of Apple assembler Foxconn, warned staff at its Shenzhen facility not to return to work when the extended Lunar New Year break ends Feb. 10, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. It’s an attempt to mitigate the spread of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

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The moratorium represents an extreme effort by Apple Inc.’s most important partner to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that’s paralyzed much of China’s manufacturing. Foxconn’s main iPhone-making base is farther north in Zhengzhou but coastal Shenzhen serves as its Chinese headquarters and the majority of the tens of thousands employed there are out-of-towners. The company also assembles a small portion of iPhones there.

“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.”

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, by some miracle, researchers will find a way to fight the virus very, very quickly!

Note: Yesterday, it was reported that Apple iPhone assembler Foxconn plans to ramp up production in factories in China next week, but it will take at least a week or two more to resume full production.


  1. If (or when) the coronavirus crosses the line and becomes a pandemic, we will ALL shift from “how to stop it” to “how to live with it.” Regardless, I would imagine massive factory shutdowns (of non-essential items) to continue across China for several more weeks… or longer. As it is, the current quarantines are on an unprecedented scale! It is not only an issue of factory shut downs; the entire infrastructure of China has come to a halt; domestic and international travel bans, communication disruptions, school closures, etc…. Not to mention the devastating toll on humanity. From German and Korean car companies, to Apple Watch bands, to the shelves of Walmart and Target in small town USA, the effects will be felt around the globe for many months to come. Just try to buy a face mask. I live in nearby Taiwan where we only have 16 infections. I just lined up at 7:00am on a Saturday morning and waited for an hour to buy two government rationed masks (two per week per person for about 33 cents). Imagine what it is like in China right now. God help them!

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