Apple recently started manufacturing the iPhone 12 in India, but according to a report from Reuters production capacity at one of the factories has fallen by half. The reason is that over 100 employees at the Foxconn-powered facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
There are dormitories on site where employees can live, they are the ones who keep the production going. Employees are allowed to leave, but as a precaution no one is allowed to enter. The two sources cited in the publication do not know how many workers there are in the factory in total.
The factory is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, near the capital of Chennai. The state is one of the worst affected by the second wave of the pandemic, and it came in full lock down on Monday when public transport and shops were shut down in an attempt to stem the spread of the disease.
Foxconn’s plant in Tamil Nadu, India
“Foxconn puts the health and safety of our employees as our top priority, which is why we have worked closely with local and public health authorities in India to tackle the challenges we and all companies face in COVID. 19 crisis, ”Foxconn told Reuters.
The Foxconn plant was set up in 2019 to produce advanced iPhones for the Indian market. There is also a Wistron plant located near Bengaluru in the nearby state of Karnataka and it started making lower end models like the original SE and iPhone 6S in 2017.
When India was shut down last year, many factories had to stop work. After the shutdown, plans for reopening quickly ended in trouble. In mid-May, Oppo had to temporarily close its Greater Noida plant as six employees tested positive for COVID-19. A few days later, a Nokia Networks factory closed after 18 employees tested positive.