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start of confinement of 6 million people around “iPhone city”

Chinese authorities have ordered residents of eight districts in Zhengzhou, Henan province, to self-isolate for the next five days, where clashes between Foxconn factory workers and police have taken place in recent days.

The sanitary confinement of 6 million people began on Friday, November 25, in a city in central China where the largest iPhone factory in the world is located, after violent clashes between employees and police over wages.

Authorities have ordered residents of eight districts in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, not to leave the area for the next five days. Barricades have been erected around residential buildings considered high risk and movement checkpoints have been established in the streets.

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Only a small amount of Covid-19 cases have been recorded in this city of 12.6 million people.

The lockdown comes after violent protests by hundreds of workers this week at the Foxconn factory site on the outskirts of the city, which employs more than 200,000 people and nicknamed “iPhone city” because it is the most largest factory in the world of manufacturing the Apple phone.

More than 20,000 employees leave Foxconn factory

New images of protests were shared on social media on Friday and their geolocation has been verified by AFP. It shows a crowd marching down a street in the east of the city, some carrying signs.

More than 20,000 disgruntled employees, according to a company source with knowledge of the matter, left the factory, which has been confined since October due to an outbreak of Covid cases, on Thursday in exchange for 10,000 yuan bonuses (1,340 euro).

The angry protests in Zhengzhou came amid growing popular discontent over China’s strict zero Covid policy, which imposes repeated lockdowns, limits movement and forces people to get tested almost daily.

On Friday, the number of cases in China reached 33,000, a record since the start of the pandemic, even if the figure remains very modest in this country of 1.4 billion inhabitants and the vast majority of cases are asymptomatic. .

With AFP