Coronavirus effect: Oppo, Vivo, Realme, Xiaomi halt smartphone production amidst lockdown orders

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 25 Mar 2020
Coronavirus effect: Oppo, Vivo, Realme, Xiaomi halt smartphone production amidst lockdown orders

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Chinese smartphone makers have shuttered their factories temporarily amidst a nationwide lockdown order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Following government orders, Vivo and Realme have suspended all future product launches for the time being.

Companies have also donated masks and protective suits to hospitals to help caregivers stay safe.

Oppo, Vivo and Realme have all shut their factories in Greater Noida till further notice from the state government of Uttar Pradesh. The action comes amidst a nationwide lockdown imposed by the Indian government for 21 days to curb the menace of coronavirus.

“Operations in our Greater Noida Factory have been suspended as per the directive from the government. Additionally, all Oppo India employees have been advised to work from home until further notice,” a Global Times report quoted an Oppo spokesperson saying.

Vivo too has issued similar guidelines. The India office of Vivo has been shut with all its employees mandated to work from home. The company has put restrictions on domestic and international travel, thermal screening of individuals at Vivo offices along with work from home for all its teams in India have been implemented.

Furthermore, keeping the government directives in mind, Vivo has also cancelled all its new product launches for the foreseeable future, including the launch of the Vivo V19 that was scheduled to be launched online on April 3. Vivo has also sent out a release stating it has donated more than one lakh N95 masks to healthcare workers in Maharashtra, which has seen one of the largest numbers of positive COVID-19 cases.

Similarly, Realme has also shut its factories and halted production of smartphones in the factory that it shares with Oppo and Vivo in Greater Noida. The company has stopped production since Saturday. Realme admitted it will affect its supply temporarily.

Realme CEO Madhav Seth also announced on Twitter that the Narzo 10 launch has been suspended following lockdown orders. Future launches are also postponed.

Xiaomi’s Manu Kumar Jain also wrote on Twitter, stating its offices, warehouse, service centres and Mi Home stores and factories will follow the lockdown orders of state governments. Xiaomi has also promised to donate N95 masks and protective suits state governments, police and hospitals in India.

As of filing the report, the number of positive COVID-19 cases has jumped to 581 with 11 announced dead due to the infection from the virus.

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