AirPods producers sleeping in manufacturing facility ‘bubbles’ to keep away from COVID

Apple has big plans for the AirPods lineup.
Apple has massive plans for the AirPods lineup.
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With a purpose to quell the unfold of COVID, no less than one Apple provider has needed to arrange coronavirus “bubbles” for workers on its manufacturing traces, basically sealing them off from the skin world.

In accordance with a Tuesday report by Nikkei Asia, a number of factories in Vietnam — together with one owned by AirPods producer GoerTek — have taken the precautionary measures as COVID circumstances ramp up within the nation.

It notes that:

“The bubbles had been first required within the south however are spreading to locations from central Da Nang, the place authorities have warned factories that sleepovers might turn into needed, to northern Bac Ninh, the place AirPods assembler GoerTek has pitched orange and purple tents for employees, in line with footage on state TV.”

Bubbled staff keep on campus 24/7. (Though another corporations seem like offering transportation to and from dwelling, thereby guaranteeing folks don’t set foot exterior of those two environments.)

COVID in Vietnam

This comes as Vietnam experiences its worst brush with COVID but. On Sunday, it reported a file 5,926 circumstances. That’s nearly 4x the determine for everything of 2020. Vietnam has vaccinated simply 4% of its inhabitants resulting from a scarcity of obtainable doses.

Staff for Apple suppliers residing on-campus isn’t precisely new. Mega factories like Foxconn have lengthy had their very own on-site dormitories for folks engaged on manufacturing traces. Throughout COVID, different producers have additionally had quarantine procedures in place at numerous occasions. Nonetheless, it’s a reminder that COVID is way from over — particularly in elements of the world that haven’t been lucky sufficient to have the form of vaccine rollout seen in locations just like the US.

Apple has been more and more targeted on Vietnam for manufacturing in recent times. That is as a part of efforts to scale back its reliance on China.

Supply: Nikkei Asia

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