Monday, May 9, 2022

All Hell Breaks Out At Apple China Factory As Workers Clash With Guards Over Lockdowns; Overshadowed by Shanghai, Millions Caught in China’s Forgotten Lockdowns, and other C-Virus related stories

All Hell Breaks Out At Apple China Factory As Workers Clash With Guards Over Lockdowns:
Chaos broke out at Apple's MacBook factory in China after hundreds of employees clashed with authorities and jumped isolation barriers following weeks of intense lockdowns, reported Bloomberg, citing local media sources.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) China posted a video early Friday morning showing an uprising of hundreds of workers who were angered with the continuous "closed-loop production" (which means they were kept on-site and quarantined to keep production humming) at the MacBook factory in Shanghai, owned by Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc. The incident reportedly occurred Thursday evening.
"[Suspected of dissatisfaction with "closed-loop production" epidemic prevention is too strict] [Quanta's Shanghai plant was shocked to hear that employees "rioted"] Shanghai Dafeng Electronics, a subsidiary of Shanghai Quanta, which has just partially resumed work, experienced an employee "riot" on the evening of Thursday (5th).

"As seen in the video, hundreds of young employees did not obey the command, jumped over the gate and ran away, and rushed out of the blockade to clash with the guards. It is reported that employees are dissatisfied with the epidemic prevention and control and want to go out to buy civilian materials," RFA China tweeted.
Overshadowed by Shanghai, Millions Caught in China’s Forgotten Lockdowns:
Almost no part of the country has been left unaffected by stringent and often repeated zero-Covid-19 clampdowns:
At the end of last year, life was very different for Dong Na. Co-founder of a bustling karaoke lounge in the southern port town of Dongxing, China, she would get off work late and meet friends for midnight snacks.
Her business now hangs by a thread, after local authorities shut entertainment venues to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and she spends hours most days talking to complete strangers on her phone to kill time and ease her anxiety.
“All I want is to know when my business can reopen,” said Ms. Dong, 36 years old, who has been living off her savings and is struggling to pay debts.
While much of the world’s focus has been on the economic and social costs of the lockdown now entering its sixth week in Shanghai, many millions more people across the country have been caught in longer or recurring shutdowns by China’s stringent Covid-19 policies. All but one of the 31 provinces, major cities and autonomous regions have seen full or partial lockdowns since March, The Wall Street Journal found.
There were a total of 114 high- to mid-risk virus hot spots in a dozen Chinese cities, the National Health Commission said Friday. Such areas are typically subject to lockdowns, restrictions on movements and public gatherings and business closures. The severity and extent of control measures varies, though fear of seeing a repeat of the disruption caused by Shanghai’s runaway outbreak makes any easing of controls unlikely for now.
Beijing has suspended schools, locked down neighborhoods and restricted travel into and around the capital to stem an outbreak that has yet to pass 100 new reported cases on any single day. There were 72 new locally transmitted infections detected in the city Thursday, compared with 4,088 in Shanghai—which also accounted for all 12 of the day’s new Covid-19-related deaths. Of the 4,439 new cases nationwide, less than 10% had any symptoms. --->READ MORE HERE
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