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Foxconn says it has plans in place to meet the production requirements of an outbreak of a virus

TAIPEI – Apple Inc supplier Foxconn said that it would continue to meet all engineering requirements in the wake of the feline corona virus outbreak in China, even though the iPhone-maker highlighted the uncertainty created by the disease.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen at the top of the building, in Taipei, Taiwan, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

“We don’t comment on our specific production practices, but we will be able to confirm to you that we have measures in place to ensure that we are able to continue to comply with all of the worldwide production of its” Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., said in a statement on Tuesday.

A new corona virus has killed 132 in China, and it affected almost 6,000 people, and a number of other countries are reporting cases as well.

In China the extended for the lunar New year Holiday for three days, until Dec. 2 to contain the spread of the virus.

Foxconn, a factory in Wuhan, in the centre of the virus outbreak, said its factories in China following a holiday schedule, and would continue to do so until all of the companies will resume standard business hours.

The outbreak has led to more countries, including the United States of america, to advise against all but necessary travel to China, and have forced food chains such as Starbucks are closing stores, and airlines to cancel flights.

Apple, which has reported holiday quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street’s expectations on Tuesday offered a greater-than-normal prospects for the March quarter, due to the uncertainty created by the corona virus.

“The situation is beginning to emerge, and we will continue to gather a lot of data points, and monitoring very closely,” the Apple Chief Executive, Tim Cook, told Reuters.

Apple has suppliers in the Wuhan area, but it has alternatives in place, Cook said.

After the Lunar New Year holiday, factories, and out in the Wuhan area, it will not re-open until Jan. 10, Cook said, but Apple’s built in to the delayed start-up of the wider sales forecast.

Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, which factories located in China, Shanghai and Nanjing, also told Reuters its business had not been affected. The company has asked staff who had visited Hubei, in the past 14 days and has to stay home and monitor their health.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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