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Workers Are Climbing Fences to Flee China’s Largest iPhone Factory

Workers are reportedly fleeing the world’s largest iPhone factory in droves, amid a Covid outbreak.Photos and videos of workers escaping the Zhengzhou compound have been circulating online.Foxconn said it is arranging transportation for workers who wish to go home for an “orderly return.”

This story originally appeared on Business Insider.

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Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn is a major supplier to Apple

Workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory in China are fleeing the facility in droves, amid fears of severe COVID-19 restrictions following an outbreak, according to reports.

The facility, located in Zhengzhou city in the central Chinese province of Henan, employs over 200,000 workers. They make the majority of the world’s iPhones. The facilities were hit by a COVID-19 outbreak, which triggered strict pandemic containment curbs under China’s Covid-zero policy and worsened living conditions, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing five workers.

A risk of food shortages became a source of unrest, as only those working on production lines were provided with meal boxes, Bloomberg said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Workers infected with COVID-19, or those who feared leaving their dormitories, were just provided with basic supplies such as bread and instant noodles, the media outlet reported.

Dramatic photos and videos of Foxconn workers escaping the Zhengzhou compound have made their way online. One video appears to show the workers carrying bags of their belongings while making their way out on foot.

Hundreds of Foxconn employees are believed to have fled the factory in China’s central province of Henan. It comes after workers raised concerns about insufficient medical care and under-reported COVID infections put them at high risk.pic.twitter.com/8XBZa4eGc3

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