Foxconn's iPhone production in India has been cut in half as more than 100 Employees have contracted COVID-19
On Sunday, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone Partners Wistron & Hon Hai in India have reported cases of COVID, with Wistron suspending operations for several days." Two days later and Reuters has posted an "exclusive" report on the very same issue. The matter has since escalated with Foxconn's facility in the southern state of Tamil Nadu having iPhone production cut in half due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Tamil Nadu is one of the worst hit states in the second coronavirus wave engulfing India. Officials imposed a full lockdown in the state from Monday, closing public transport and shuttering shops, to try slow surging infections.
More than 100 Foxconn employees in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 and the company has enforced a no-entry ban at its factory in the capital of Chennai until late May, one of the sources said.
"Employees are only allowed to leave but not to enter the facility since yesterday," the person said. "Only a small part of output is being kept."
Foxconn declined to comment on factory output or specific staffing levels. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Foxconn's shares fell as much as 6.2% after the Reuters report.
Market research firm Canalys said that growth in India extended through the first quarter, with Apple shipping more than a million iPhones. Demand for the iPhone 12 was supported by local assembly and attractive finance offers, Canalys said. For more on this, read the full Reuters report.