What you need to know
- A Wall Street Journal report has revealed how Chinese factories are fending off the coronavirus post-lockdown.
- Government-mandated measures include wearing masks and checking temperatures, as well as filing daily reports on the health of each worker.
- Apple-supplier Foxconn has some of its own strict rules.
A Wall Street Journal report has revealed how factories in China are fighting coronavirus post lockdown, and has noted that Apple's iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has some of the strictest rules around.
According to the report:
The report claims that production is going ahead in "semi-lockdown", with many workers not permitted to leave the campus without consent. Government-mandated measures also include opening office windows three times a day for 30 minutes, and the banning of fingerprint-entry keypads. Workers also cannot face each other whilst eating.
The below image is taken from a Foxconn manual, revealing some of the steps employees must take.
On Foxconn the report notes:
The factories' cafeterias have also been labelled with QR codes so that there is a full record of where everyone sits for their meals, worker coats and bags are also being disinfected, and temperatures are taken with infrared video cameras.
In a statement, Foxconn reportedly stated that it was using "all recommended health and hygiene practices" including nucleic acid tests and chest X-rays. A report at the end of March claimed Foxconn was still on track to launch the iPhone in the fall, despite some reports the 5G iPhone 12 may be delayed as a result of the pandemic.
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