China closes zone around iPhone factory after virus cases

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  • The company said ill employees were being treated but did not say if new infections still were occurring.Also this week, visitors to Shanghai Disneyland were temporarily barred from leaving as part of virus testing the city government said Tuesday had extended to 439,000 people.
  • People in Urumqi and other cities who said they had run out of food and medicine posted appeals for help on social media.Thousands of employees left the Foxconn Technology Group factory starting in mid-October after complaints people who contracted the virus received no treatment.
  • It said no one can enter or leave for one week except to deliver food and medical supplies.Separately, the government reported 64 confirmed cases had been found in Zhengzhou over the past 24 hours.
  • The city health agency said visitors on Monday tested negative and were allowed to leave.Last week, 1.3 million residents of Shanghai’s downtown Yangpu district were ordered to stay at home while they were tested.
  • Public frustration with the restrictions has boiled over into fights with police in some areas.In Zhengzhou, everyone in the industrial zone will be tested every day for the coronavirus, the Airport District said.
  • Some accused the company of failing to enforce measures to prevent the spread of the virus.Foxconn said Sunday it was using “closed loop management,” an official term for employees living at their workplace and avoiding contact with the outside.
By JOE McDONALD Associated PressBEIJING (AP) Access to an industrial zone in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou was suspended Wednesday after the city reported 64 coronavirus cases and workers [+2689 chars]