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A fresh outbreak of Covid-19 in the Chinese city of Kunshan has prompted new lockdowns and testing mandates, potentially slamming Apple’s iPhone and iPad production.

Authorities in Kunshan have ordered all 2.1million residents to stay at home and undergo daily testing as neighboring Shanghai saw record Covid-19 cases for the seventh consecutive day, on South China Morning Post reported Friday.

Many factories in the city – a key part of Apple’s supply chain – have also been ordered to halt production.

Several of Apple’s largest supply chain partners are based in Kunshan, including Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Luxshare Precision. Components, from printed circuit boards to machine parts, are produced in the city.

According to reports, authorities have ordered Wistron and Pegatron to suspend production of devices for consumer electronics makers. Although Apple is not mentioned, it is likely that the company’s production will be affected.

The factory suspensions have been in effect since April 2 and are expected to last until April 12. Any deterioration in the Covid-19 situation in Shanghai, however, could lead to further testing and lockdown orders in Kunshan.

Residents of Kunshan are asked to stay at home. Only one person per household is allowed to go out and buy necessities or supplies every other day. On Friday, the city reported 25 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.


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