Following Samsung. Tech Giant Apple has also halted its smartphone production in India in compliance with the government guidelines until an unknown date to fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.
The decision came soon after the Indian Government imposed a 21 days nationwide lockdown to prevent Covid-19 from entering in the third phase ( Community spread ). For those who are unaware, India's lockdown will end on 14 April if the situation gets caught under control in the meantime.
Apple has at present two partners in India who deal with the production of iPhones - Foxconn and Wistron. Wistron is involved in assembling of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 at its Bengaluru facility while Foxconn deals with the assembling of recently launched iPhone XR in the Chennai plant.
Foxconn and Wistron are involved with the manufacturing of many things along with iPhones. They also do production and assembly for Xiaomi and many other Companies.
Meanwhile, Samsung had already halted its production at Noida manufacturing plant in India a few weeks ago.
Partha Ghosh, Head, Corporate Communications, Samsung India said -
"At Samsung, health and safety of employees is our highest priority. As a measure to safeguard our employees and their families against Covid-19 and in compliance with directives from the government, we have decided to currently suspend our manufacturing operations and have asked employees at our sales, marketing, and R&D offices across India to work from home".
Corona Virus has already truncated the global GDP by almost 0.5%, and the situation doesn't seem to be coming under control anytime soon.