In a statement, Vietnam’s People’s Committee of the northern province of Bac Giang ordered four industrial parks, including three which house the production facilities of Taiwan’s Foxconn to temporarily shut down because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
The People’s Committee said these industrial parks will be closed until further notice.
“We hope the measure will be in place for just two weeks, but it depends on the situation of the outbreak, said Le Anh Duong, chairman of Bac Giang People’s Committee.
Foxconn confirmed that its operations in the province has been temporarily suspended.
“Some subsidiaries of the group are cooperating with the local government’s overall anti-epidemic policy in the Bac Giang area of Vietnam,” said Foxconn while adding, the impact that this will have a minimal impact to its Vietnamese operations.
In November 2020, a source with knowledge of Foxconn’s plan revealed that it was moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at Apple Inc’s request.
Incidentally, Bac Giang has been the epicenter of a new COVID-19 outbreak that began late last month.
Since April 27, the province has recorded 476 infections, accounting for a third of the overall cases in the country over the period, said Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.
“The authorities and companies operating in those parks will together establish a new way to prevent the virus spreading inside the factories because we have no choice but to live with the virus,” said Duong by telephone.
Foxconn mentioned that its other factories across Vietnam “are still in operation and will be adjusted at any time in accordance with government epidemic prevention measures in the future.”