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Market Chatter: Apple's iPhone Output in India Slumps on Surging COVID-19 Cases

05/11/2021 03:05

06:52 AM EDT, 05/11/2021 (MT Newswires) -- Apple's (AAPL) iPhone production at a Foxconn manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India has slumped by more than 50% amid a high COVID-19 infection rate in the factory, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing two unnamed people familiar with the situation.

More than 100 Foxconn workers in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the contract manufacturer to impose a no-entry ban at its Chennai factory until late May, a source told the news agency, adding that "only a small part of output is being kept" in the facility.

Foxconn declined to comment on production or specific staffing levels but told Reuters that a small number of its employees at one of its facilities in the country tested positive for COVID-19 and that they were receiving medical assistance and other support.

The iPhone maker, which counts India as its second largest market, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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