Shenzhen denies putting halt on Foxconn's production resumption

Local Chinese authorities have recently refuted a report regarding the pause on reopening iPhone production facilities in Shenzhen, including Apple supplier Foxconn, in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Apparently, the firm is coordinating with authorities and focusing on preparing epidemic control and prevention measures.
Based on statements from four people with knowledge of the matter, Foxconn's factories were put under inspection for potential virus infection. Following the inspection, the factories received orders from the inspection officers to halt the production due to high risks associated with the coronavirus infection.
The authenticity of the report has been questioned by Shenzhen's facilities in Longhua district, which is currently undertaking investigations and safety checks. Additionally, the company is expected to restart the work after these on-site inspections.
A source familiar with the matter informed about the Taipei-based firm Foxconn's initial schedule to take coronavirus risk prevention measures, in line with the proposals from 3 Foxconn subsidiaries. Large numbers of workers at the factories arrived at the factories and waited to resume production on February 10, after the Chinese New Year holidays, despite not having the go-ahead to restart production activities.
As a part of the control measures to reduce the potential exposure to the virus, the workers at Foxconn's facilities are mandated to wear masks, adhere to a safe dining system, as well as undergo temperature checks. The facilities are yet to update the final decision of the work resumption at production facilities in Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, and Kunshan.
Facilities in China will return to business after extended break of 10 days from week-long Lunar New Year holiday, due to the accelerating threat of the epidemic that has resulted in over 800 casualties in China.
A source with knowledge of the matter recently stated that if the halt of production activities continues for an additional week, it could directly impact the factories' growth and shipment activities among teams, supply partners, and customers, as these factories are critical and prominent iPhone production sites.
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