The largest iPhone factory in China is boiling. A total closure was imposed in Zhengzhou

After violent protests and leaked video clips documenting the state of panic and terror that prevailed The largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhouthe city in central China, the local authorities imposed a general lockdown in many districts of the city to combat COVID-19.

The authorities also confirmed that residents of the city center are no longer allowed to leave the area without presenting a negative result for the Corona test and obtaining official permission from the local authorities to do so, and advised residents not to leave their homes “except when necessary.”

More than 6 million

In addition, she explained that these restrictions will apply from midnight Thursday-Friday for five days to more than 6 million people, or almost half of the city’s population.

This decision, issued yesterday evening, Wednesday, requires all residents living in eight areas of the city to undergo a “PCR” test on a daily basis and throughout the five days of the general closure.

Hundreds of workers demonstrated

This measure came after hundreds of workers demonstrated at the largest US iPhone factory in the city, which is owned by the Taiwanese company Foxconn, rejecting the strict restrictions imposed in the country in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic again.

While video clips, spread on Chinese social media during the past hours, and were said to have been filmed in the factory, showed thousands of people wearing masks and confronting police officers wearing white isolation suits with plastic anti-riot shields.

As other scenes showed, dozens of employees were beaten.

While the hashtag #Foxconn_Unrest spread, the Chinese authorities later apparently blocked it!

Tension and clashes with the police at the largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou (AFP)

Tension and clashes with the police at the largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou (AFP)

An unprecedented number

And the National Health Office announced today, Thursday morning, that the daily toll of new infections in Corona has reached an unprecedented number since the virus began to spread about three years ago, despite the strict measures imposed by the authorities, including extensive examinations and restrictions on movement.

It is noteworthy that China, with a population of more than 1.2 billion people, is the only major economic power in the world that is still trying to stop the spread of the virus in the country by closing entire cities and placing those who had contact with patients in strict quarantine.

From the largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou (AFP)

From the largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou (AFP)

As the second economic power in the world adheres to the implementation of the zero Covid policy by imposing sudden closure measures, large-scale examinations and strict quarantine to control the spread of the epidemic, a policy that succeeded in the early stages of the spread of the virus.

But the recent wave of infections is a test of the resilience of this policy, at a time when officials are seeking to avoid a city-wide lockdown, as happened in Shanghai for two months in April!

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