According to India Today, Chinese smartphone makers OPPO and VIVO and South Korea’s Samsung have stopped smartphone production at their plants in Greater Noida, India and will soon meet with Uttar Pradesh government officials to discuss future directions for action. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government announced that all factories must be closed due to a new coronavirus outbreak.
Xiaomi, India’s largest smartphone brand, also joined the shutdown and said it would follow the Indian government’s blockade order. Xiaomi India said: ‘Every facility, including company offices, warehouses, service centers, Xiaomi homes, and manufacturing plants, will comply with the blockade order. At the same time, we will monitor the situation 24 hours a day.’
Motorola (Lenovo) will also close its factories. But the timing of the shutdown is unclear.
A person familiar with the matter said that based on discussions with government officials, both OPPO and VIVO have closed their production plants on March 25 and will take further steps.
VIVO has asked its non-factory workers to work from home on Monday to fight the spread of the new crown virus.
However, telecommunications equipment makers Ericsson and Nokia continue production at the factories in Pune and Chennai.
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‘Ericsson facility in Pune will be working based on social distancing principle that is 50 percent workforce. The work is based on the exemption granted by the relevant authorities,” a company spokesperson confirmed to the publication.
On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Modi demanded that citizens stay indoors and work from home as much as possible, while stressing the danger of the new coronavirus, saying the world has never seen such a serious crisis.
Modi also called on all agencies not to stop paying their employees under the current circumstances.