iPhone 12 production at a Foxconn facility in India has dropped more than 50 percent due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to a report from Reuters, sources have said that Foxconn’s Tamil Nadu, which primarily focuses on the production of iPhones, has been affected by the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Two sources have come out and said that more than 100 employees have tested positive for the virus.
Tamil Nadu is said to be one of the worst-hit states for the second wave of the virus in India. Foxconn has had to enforce a no-entry ban at the factory and it is expected to last until late May. One source told Reuters, “Employees are only allowed to leave but not to enter the facility since yesterday.” The source has also said that “Employees are only allowed to leave but not to enter the facility since yesterday.”
50 percent of the factory’s output has been cut according to the sources. It’s no clear how many workers were at the factory. Foxconn’s Tamil Nadu’s facility is one that offers workers accommodations
“Foxconn places the health and safety of our employees as our highest priority and that is why we have been working closely with local government and public health authorities in India to address the challenges that we and all companies are facing in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis,” it said in a statement to Reuters.
In March, Apple announced that iPhone 12 production would take place in India as a way to lower its reliance on China. This news is also coupled with the fact that Apple is facing production hurdles due to the global chip shortage, affecting many tech companies.