Coronavirus: Much of ‘the world’s factory’ still shut

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Coronavirus: Much of 'the world's factory' still shut

A large number of China's factories remain closed today even as millions of people return to work after the Lunar New Year holiday was extended due to the coronavirus.

The shutdowns are having a major impact on the world's second largest economy and global supply chains.

Some big car makers now face the threat of a shortage of parts.

There are also concerns about supplies of Apple products as the disruptions continue.

Employers across China had been ordered to remain closed after the annual holiday as part of attempts by authorities to stem the spread of the virus.

For many companies those restrictions have now been removed, although several major manufacturers remain closed.

Foxconn, which is a major supplier to Apple, has yet to reopen its largest Chinese factory. Shenzhen's Longhua district, where the plant is located, has said production would restart as soon as officials have completed inspections at the facility.

"Our teams in each of our facilities in China are working closely with the respective local government agencies and we are continuing to do that as we implement our post-holiday production schedules," said a spokesman for the company.

Last week as Foxconn was pushing for permission to restart operations it said that hundreds of thousands of workers at its factories would wear surgical masks to prevent infection and undergo regular temperature checks.

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