China detains nearly one million people near iPhone factory

The iPhone manufacturing hub of Zhengzhou shut down one of its most populous districts to combat a virus outbreak, with creeping restrictions across China highlighting the constant threat of disruption companies face while the country adheres to Covid Zero.

According to a government notice, nearly 1 million residents of Zhongyuan district have been ordered to stay at home beginning Monday, except when required to undergo Covid testing, and non-essential businesses have been closed. The broader restrictions come after a lockdown of some neighbourhoods last week, which caught many people off guard after officials said there would be no citywide lockdown. The plants of iPhone manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group are not in the restricted area.

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