Chinese city Shenzhen 100 major companies including Iphone maker Foxconn to create “closed-loop” systems while battling COVID-19, according to a document attributed to the local government that circulated online on Monday.
While Reuters could not independently verify the document, a notice in the Shenzhen office of oil giant CNOOC Ltd seen by Reuters said the building would be closed for seven days until July 31, with employees working from home and continuing to work daily. Corona virus disease tests.
A CNOOC spokesperson had no immediate comment.
The Shenzhen government did not respond to a request for comment.
Taiwan-based Foxconn said operations at its Shenzhen facility were “normal” and that it would follow government guidelines to ensure safe production.
The order, attributed to Shenzhen’s Department of Industry and Information, said major companies, including BYD Co, Huawei Technologies Co, and ZTE Corporationentry and exit should be reduced to the so-called loops.
Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while BYD, ZTE Shenzhen-based DJI Technology Co declined to comment.
Bloomberg reported on Shenzhen’s action earlier on Monday.
During the shutdown in April and May, China’s economic hub Shanghai tried to keep factories open under “closed-loop” operations, where employees live and work on site, but companies said the arrangements presented many difficulties.
Shenzhen, a tech hub of nearly 18 million people, reported 21 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections on Sunday, compared to 19 the day before.
While case numbers are low by global standards, the slow rise over the past week has prompted local authorities to increase vigilance to comply with the central government’s “dynamic zero” policy to contain the outbreak as soon as it emerges.
Shenzhen has not ordered a blanket shutdown of businesses or severe restrictions on people’s movements, but it has closed apartment complexes and buildings identified as being at greater risk.
Many offices, restaurants and public places have requested proof of a COVID test within 24 hours as of Monday.
During the outbreak in March, Shenzhen embraced one week of so-called “slow life,” when residents underwent multiple rounds of testing and largely stayed home, with one member of each household allowed out every few days to buy necessities.