Zhengzhou, another megacity in Henan province, China, has announced a total lockdown from May 4 to May 10 as part of the Covid prevention and control measures. Authorities detected 4 new confirmed cases and 10 asymptomatic carriers on May 4, South China Morning Post reported.

The Zhengzhou Epidemic Control Center announced on May 4 that nobody is allowed to leave their communities except under necessary circumstances.

According to the South China Morning Post, Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics and iPhone factory, was forced to halt hiring new assembly line workers as of May 4. iPhone 14 production might get delayed by this measure.

Foxconn was already under a closed-loop system, which meant that employees were confined to their manufacturing complex. The factory was planning to offer a bonus to new workers to boost iPhone 14 production, but this new recruitment had to be suspended.

The plant is located in Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone and is responsible for 60-80% of the world’s iPhone manufacturing so the Apple supply chain could be impacted.

In contrast to most Western countries, which have learned to live with the virus, China continues to pursue its goal of Zero-COVID. According to specialists, there appears to be no way out of China’s Communist Party government’s draconian measures.

As we speak, Beijing is re-running mass isolation centers to stop the Omicron wave in the city. They shut metro stations and bus routes to stop the COVID-19 spread, expecting to avoid the Shanghai fate, where millions of residents have been living under straining conditions for weeks. However, everything suggests they are taking the same path.

The Guardian reported that Chinese health officials have started a relentless fight against the Omicron strain. Isolation units have been set up with 40 medical staff for 12 persons with mild or asymptomatic infections.

These massive lockdowns in China’s big financial and manufacturing cities are also causing problems for global supply chains and hurting the world’s biggest brands like Apple, Gucci-parent Kering, and Yum China.

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