Coronavirus: Very partial resumption of Foxconn production in China

Foxconn, Apple's main supplier, has been allowed to resume production at one of its factories in China that had been closed due to the coronavirus epidemic, but only 10% of workers were able to get to the site, learned Source Reuters directly informed of the matter.
The Taiwanese group, whose name is Hon Hai Precision Industry, has obtained the green light from the authorities to restart the plant in Zhengzhou (center-east) but not for the one in Shenzhen (south), the source said.
The two factories mainly assemble Apple's iPhones and a delay in restarting them could affect handset deliveries around the world, Foxconn being the world's largest subcontractor for consumer electronics.
Market research firm Trendforce lowered its iPhone production forecast for the quarter ended in March by 10% to 41 million units on Monday. Apple itself has been particularly cautious for this quarter by establishing a wider forecasting range than usual.
The coronavirus balance sheet is now close to a thousand dead and 40,000 infected patients.
Asked, an Apple spokesperson in Shanghai was not immediately available for comment.
Apple's competitor, Chinese Huawei, announced last week that it has resumed production of its devices.
Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, also resumed work on Monday, but hundreds of factories and stores remain closed in China.

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