China COVID lockdown threatens supply chain

Mar 17, 2022
Written by WR Communications

China on Monday locked down all 24 million residents of northeastern Jilin province to counter a COVID-19 outbreak. It is the country’s first such province-wide lockdown since Wuhan and Hubei in January 2020, early in the coronavirus pandemic. Shenzhen city, which has a population of 17.5 million, started a week-long lockdown on Monday, with all public transport and non-essential businesses shut down. China’s current restrictions to fight the latest coronavirus wave have disrupted global supply chains, including Apple-supplier Foxconn Technology. Foxconn, which makes some of Apple’s iPhones and iPads in Shenzhen, said it would keep production moving by moving it to factories in unaffected areas. The city’s massive port was still operating but expected to see shipments drop off due to factory closures.

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