Media reported that a number of smartphone makers, including Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung and OPPO, have obtained permits from local governments in India to resume work. The assembly line was shut down in late March in response to an epidemic of COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus. It now appears that the Government of India believes that it is now relatively safe and that it can resume work again to a certain extent, although the pace of the families and partners may not be quite in line.
Foxconn, for example, as Xiaomi’s partner, said it would restart operations at its Andhra Pradesh plant. At the same time, as one of Apple’s partners, Weitron has been in Bangalore “limited resumption of work”, vivo, Xiaomi, Samsung’s situation is similar.
Samsung said it still puts the safety and health of its employees first, ensuring compliance with government guidelines and putting health and social alienation in place.
Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it would reopen its limited operations of its smart cafes and smart squares in the less severe orange and green areas of the new corona virus, according to the Indian government.
As for those who return to the plant, the government requires it to install the COVID-19 Close Contact Tracker app (Aarogya Setu). By contrast, people in places like the UK are free to choose whether or not to use such apps.