Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India, the production of the iPhone 12 has subsided by more than 50 percent. Reuters reported that more than 100 Foxconn employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and the company has asked employees not to enter inside the factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu until late May.
Employees are only allowed to leave but not to enter the facility since yesterday. Only a small part of output is being kept.
Taipei-based Foxconn is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major supplier to Apple. The company produces iPhones in the capital of Chennai specifically for India.
It is said that more than 50 percent of the plant’s capacity had been cut, as Tamil Nadu is one of the worst-hit states in India. The government has forced to close all the shops and public transportation to control the spread of COVID-19.
Foxconn in a statement said that it is providing all the infected employees with medical assistance and support.
Foxconn places the health and safety of our employees as our highest priority… we have been working closely with local government and public health authorities in India to address the challenges.
Apple shifted the iPhone 12 production from China to India because of the trade tension between China and the United States.