Zhengzhou, the 6-million-resident city in central China, has been put under lockdown. The move came after a large number of workers from Foxconn—China’s largest iPhone assembly factory—confronted armed police.

According to Agence France-Presse, Zhengzhou authorities listed eight city districts as high-risk areas. As a result, residents are required to stay home, with barriers and checkpoints across major streets and outside apartment complexes.

The five-day lockdown order was imposed although the city reported only 145 confirmed COVID cases as of November 23. 

On November 22, clashes between newly arrived migrant Foxconn workers and police broke out. The workers reportedly accused the factory of failing to pay the promised bonus and pay package after they arrived to work at the plant.

Previously, a COVID outbreak put the site into lockdown. A large number of factory workers decided to flee the site.

To stop the workers from fleeing, the factory stated it had quadrupled daily bonuses for workers at the plant this month.
According to Reuters, Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on November 25. Meanwhile, Foxconn, formerly known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, refused to comment on the incident.

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