Many of the 200,000 workers at the iPhone manufacturing facility in Zhengzhou, China, are quarantined due to a COVID outbreak. Some of them don’t get proper meals.

In a statement to The New York Times on Thursday, Foxconn, a major manufacturer for Apple, confirmed that a “small number of employees” had been forced to quarantine. Yet, the factory refused to comment further.

People familiar with the situation told Bloomberg News that the factory implemented a closed-loop system. Therefore, employees are prohibited from leaving the manufacturing campus and must undergo regular COVID tests.

Because the factory closed cafeterias at the manufacturing site, food has become a source of unrest.

According to some people who asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons, only workers on the manufacturing lines received meal boxes. Employees who were infected or feared leaving their company-provided dormitories received basic food such as bread and instant noodles. 

Disputes amongst staff over food have occurred.

Dissatisfied Foxconn employees have allegedly posted on social media sites like Douyin and Weibo the working environment at the facility in recent days.

Some videos show workers were sent to a quarantine site in an unfinished residential compound built by real estate giant Evergrande.
According to Financial Times, Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province with 13 million people, has been put under partial lockdown following dozens of COVID cases registered earlier this month.

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