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China blocks Foxconn plan to restart ops over coronavirus worries: Report

Public health experts carried out inspections at Foxconn's factories in the southern city of Shenzhen and told the company that its factories had a "high risk of coronavirus infection"

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Yokohama: Officials in protective suits talk near the cruise ship Diamond Princess anchored at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The 3,700 people on board faced a two-week quarantine in their cabins. Health workers sa

Chinese authorities have blocked a plan by Apple supplier to resume production in China from Monday, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday, amid concerns about the spread of the new

Public health experts carried out inspections at Foxconn's factories in the southern city of Shenzhen and told the company that its factories had a "high risk of infection", making them unsuitable for a production restart, the newspaper https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus-outbreak/China-blocks-restart-of-Foxconn-plants-due-to-coronavirus-sources said, citing four people familiar with the matter without identifying them.

Taiwan's Foxconn, which makes smartphones for global vendors including Apple, will also not see one of its key plants based in the central city of Zhengzhou restart work on Monday, the report added.

could see a "big" production impact and shipments to customers including Apple face disruption if a Chinese factory halt due to the outbreak extends into a second week, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters earlier this week.

did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The death toll from the virus in mainland China rose by 86 to 722 on Saturday, according to authorities, and is poised to pass the 774 deaths recorded globally during the 2002-2003 pandemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that jumped from animals to humans in China.

 

First Published: Sat, February 08 2020. 15:18 IST
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