Chinese tech hub Shenzhen rolls out ‘targeted measures’ to reduce industrial disruptions, contain fresh Covid-19 outbreak
- Shenzhen’s latest Covid-19 control measures enable industrial enterprises to balance safety with meeting their production goals
- The city of 17 million on Tuesday reported 19 new infections, including four confirmed and 15 asymptomatic cases
But unlike in March, when Shenzhen enforced a seven-day lockdown during a fresh outbreak, most parts of the city at present are operating normally with no disruptions to public transport and various services-related businesses.
Shenzhen health official Lin Hancheng said at a press briefing on Tuesday that the city’s pandemic situation is controllable and the risks of further outbreaks are low.
Foxconn warned employees that any visit to places outside their commute routines could undermine existing coronavirus control efforts and prompt authorities to close the factory, according to the notice.
One Foxconn worker on campus, surnamed Zhang, said there was no mandatory lockdown in place, but the company has arranged daily nucleic acid testing and is checking health codes at the gate.
The adjustments made in Shenzhen by companies like Foxconn, which is preparing for another busy season assembling iPhones and other devices, reflect how a number of major industrial enterprises are balancing strict Covid-19 control measures with production targets to keep supply chains running on the mainland.
Other companies, meanwhile, have also become more flexible with control measures by adopting a work-from-home strategy.
Her office building had to close because of one confirmed Covid-19-infected person who had visited the neighbourhood. Yu recalled that she fed the pet fish in the office “so that they don’t starve to death” before leaving the compound at 11:59pm.