Adhering to a 20-point playbook for easing the contentious ‘zero COVID’ policy issued on November 11, the Chinese city of Zhengzhou removed broader lockdown measures. Instead, the authorities shuttered hundreds of buildings and apartment blocks hours after lifting the lockdown. 

According to Bloomberg News, Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone factory-Foxconn, announced late Tuesday, November 29, that it lifted the COVID lockdown of its main urban districts. 

Previously, the five-day lockdown order was given as Covid-19 cases in the city climbed.

However, a large number of buildings would be designated as high-risk areas, which means that these buildings will remain under lockdown-style curbs. 

The change came after the public was increasingly pushing back against the ‘zero COVID’ policy and after Beijing’s order to avoid using excessive COVID curbs.

According to the local government’s official WeChat account, Zhengzhou will replace so-called mobility controls with “normal Covid-combating measures” starting November 30. 

Except for people in high-risk areas, people can now be free from mandatory Covid tests as long as they don’t leave home. 

According to CNN Business, Daniel Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, predicts that Apple was losing about $1 billion in sales of iPhones each week as a result of the supply disruptions at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou campus. 

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