Production on Apple’s flagship mobile device, the iPhone 12, has dropped by 50% at the Foxconn facility in India due to COVID-19 infections that have crippled their workforce.
The Foxconn facility in question is located in Tamil Nadu and is responsible for the production of iPhones sold in India. India is the the second largest smartphone market in the world.
Reports out of Tamil Nadu indicate that it has been hit particularly hard by rising COVID-19 infections. Officials have imposed lockdown measures to help curb the spread of the virus, which took effect on Monday. The lockdown has frozen public transit and has closed all shops in the area.
According to data from Reuters, over 100 Foxconn employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in thee Tamil Nadu state. In response, Foxconn has executed a no-entry ban for all employees, which according to sources, has dropped production at the plant by 50%.
“Employees are only allowed to leave but not enter the facility since yesterday. Only a small part of our output is being kept,” said one source told Reuters.
Both sources asked not be named as they were “not authorized” to speak to the media.
Foxconn did provide a statement on the matter, saying that they are working with local government and public health officials to help solve the issue. According to their statement, Foxconn “places the health and safety of out employees as (their) highest priority”. They did not comment on production quotas at the Tamil Nadu facility.
Apple representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
Current data on COVID-19 infections out of India show that they have logged 22.66 million cases and more than 246,000 deaths from the virus, though health experts believe those numbers could be much higher.