China Puts ‘iPhone City’ Under COVID Lockdown After Riots at Apple Supplier

A city in central China hosting the world’s largest iPhone assembly plant will go into partial lockdown from midnight on Friday to curb rising COVID-19 case numbers.

Zhengzhou, capital and largest city of Henan province, announced the measures late on November 23, on the day China’s national health authority posted a record-high 31,444 new infections. Only one virus-related death was reported in the 24-hour period, and serious and critical cases remained rare.

The new restrictions, collectively known as “mobility management” to avoid the negative connotations associated with a lockdown, are set to affect more than 6 million of the city’s 10 million residents.

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