According tomedia reports, a previous report said Foxconn’s february 10 resumption plan was shelved for fear of further spread of the coronavirus. Local authorities in Shenzhen denied the report on Sunday and said they were still working with Apple’s assembly partners to produce while ensuring workers were safe. On Friday, local health inspectors prevented Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant from returning to work as planned on February 10, according to reports from Foxconn sources and an internal memo. The report notes that the plant is at a “high risk of coronavirus infection” due to the use of central air conditioning systems and the large number of employees.
Officials in the Longhua district of Shenzhen, where Foxconn’s largest plant is located, said the report was untrue and was still being examined, according to the latest Reuters news. Under the current circumstances, Foxconn will be free to restart production once the inspection sits.
On February 6th the authorities received three proposals from foxconn’s subsidiary explaining its planned controls to prevent the spread of the virus. The proposals will include wearing masks, conducting regular temperature checks and complying with specific dining systems. The statement added: “We will announce to the public the resumption of work in a timely manner.” “
On Saturday, Foxconn recommended that the report follow local government advice to reopen its factories in China, but did not mention specific locations. Apple also appears in no hurry to restart production of its products, as Foxconn has not been pressured by customers. “We have not received any requestfrom our customers for further resumption of production,” Foxconn said. “
However, Foxconn has taken steps to contact employees, warning them not to return to work by February 10.
As of 9 February, the World Health Organization reported 37,558 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, with 813 deaths. These figures are an increase from the previous day.