China forces new 7-day COVID lockdown around major Apple iPhone factory

China’s quixotic “zero-COVID” quest continues as the Chinese Communist Party imposes yet another 7-day lockdown in the city where Foxconn’s main iPhone factory operates.

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Brenda Goh and Yimou Lee for Reuters:

China ordered an industrial park that houses an iPhone factory belonging to Foxconn to enter a seven-day lockdown on Wednesday, in a move set to intensify pressure on the Apple supplier as it scrambles to quell worker discontent at the base.

The Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone in central China said it would impose “silent management” measures with immediate effect, including barring all residents from going out and only allowing approved vehicles on roads within that area.

The curbs will last until Nov. 9, it said… Relentless controls and spot lockdowns across China have fuelled discontent among residents, hampered economic growth and taken a heavy psychological and financial toll on people and companies.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, let’s learn nothing and continue to disrupt everyone’s lives for what amounts to a case of the sniffles, if even that, in the average healthy person. Instead, as we all should have done from the start, how about smartly protecting those with multiple co-morbidities and the aged (the average age of a Foxconn worker is 23) who are most at risk? Duh. Oh, wait, this is the CCP, lol.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Smart companies have finally woken up and are working to diversify their supply chains away from, and reduce risky reliance on, CCP-controlled authoritarian China.MacDailyNews, October 21, 2022

And, BTW, communism is a scam; a pyramid scheme that eventually fails after an unspeakable number of murders. (Of course, the relatively few Chinese who can access us via VPN already know that fact all too well. That’s why they’re using VPN to try to get a glimpse at the world outside.)

• Apple should have been diversifying production long ago to minimize risk, not to mention China’s human rights abuses, authoritarian censorship, and myriad other concerns, including “COVID” lockdowns.MacDailyNews, June 1, 2022

• In general, human-transmissible coronaviruses do not disappear. There is no such thing as zero-COVID. Duh.

COVID-19 is here to stay. It will very likely become endemic, yet pose less danger over time. People will acquire immunity via vaccines (effectiveness TDB) and naturally as they contract and recover from variants like omicron since the partially-effective vaccines permit not only transmissibility, but also breakthrough infections. Influenza and the four human coronaviruses that cause common colds (OC43, 229E, NL63 and HKU1) are, of course, also endemic, but a combination of annual flu vaccines and acquired immunity means that sane societies tolerate the unavoidable seasonal deaths and illnesses they bring without requiring lockdowns, masks, social distancing, indefinite return-to-work delays, etc.

At which point, if ever, will some people decide that wasting away their short lives in abject fear of a bad flu, very likely engineered by China and partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is a hysterical self-defeating overreaction?MacDailyNews, December 16, 2021

• It’s smart for both Apple and Foxconn to diversify assembly outside of China. There’s no sense having all of your eggs in one basket.MacDailyNews, April 2, 2019

• The real virus is the panic.MacDailyNews, March 9, 2020

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    1. Wow, First; by the time this gets circulating in the “almost free” world, some of these drivers with the logos and license plates harvested by the CCP will possibly be dead soon.

  1. I usually agree with the editorials but I am starting to think that China has a better idea of what the long-term consequences of Covid really are.
    I say this as, it is become more and more likely that Covid might have actually escaped from the Wuhan laboratory.
    If this is correct, they might know the long-term consequences of Covid and are trying to prevent it from spreading within their population as they know what the true damage Covid will cause. Otherwise, why eles would they continue their zero-Covid policies??
    Just food for thought.

    1. Yes, because American and the rest of the world are so stupid that they can’t do their own VASTLY SUPERIOR research to the Chinese who can’t even keep a gain-of-function lab secure.

      So, according to your theory, the Chinese know so much more than anybody else, but aren’t telling the rest of the world their big secret in a malicious act to further increase the damage they’ve already wrought with their engineered bio weapon that
      a) they either leaked intentionally to rid themselves of a U.S. President who actually put America first and who they did not own, or
      b) they unintentionally leaked out of ineptitude and then tried to cover it up / use it to their advantage to rid themselves of a U.S. President who actually put America first and who they did not own.

      Hanlon’s razor. “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

      1. I am not agreeing with what they are doing but I am making the point as to why they are crushing their own economy and people unless they know something more serious than the world does.

        If it did escape from their lab (thank you Fauci), they should/would have some behind the scenes knowledge of what they engineered.

        If this hypothesis is even remotely correct, that would explain why they are so adamant at COvid-Zero, even to the point of damaging their own economy and willing to put up with unrest of their population.
        I don’t know if this is correct but it is a possible reason for their actions.

        BTW, this was potentially created in a virus lab and would have been engineered for military uses, ie: bio-warfare. So it’s distructive use would be possibly long-term and not the run of the mill natural Flu like.

      1. I agree, their policies are certainly not in the best interest of the public. But what I don’t understand is that—at this point at least—their policies are clearly not in the best interests of their state, their economy, their ability to control the virus, or their relationships with the rest of the world.

        I mean, I guess it’s nice to dictate whatever you want to your minions, but they are weakening their entire country and economy with these brain-dead “zero-tolerance” policies and they aren’t helping anybody or anything. The obtuseness, shortsightedness, and stubbornness is astonishing.

    2. They care about $$$, power, control and world dominance. They likely could hardly care less about the general populace, in fact, they’ve attempted to suppress it since the late 1950s. They just don’t want the members of the elite 3% of the population to get it: the CCP party members (the exception would be that those who didn’t fall in line and “vote” for Xi can get it, it’ll save bullets or the risk of the fake suicides.

  2. It appears the the China communist party is only slightly more authoritarian and corrupt than the Democratic Party. Slightly. Compare the China approach to republican states — complete opposite approach.

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