Fights over food have broken out amid starving workers at a huge iPhone factory in China as the country’s latest lockdown takes its toll, it is reported.

Many of the 200,000 workers at Foxconn Technology Group’s main factory in Zhengzhou were forced into solitary confinement after the Communist Party triggered draconian new coronavirus restrictions.

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Footage believed to have been shot at the factory appears to show workers holed up at the siteCredit: Twitter/@Jack69905467
Another clip claims to show workers rushing to grab boxes amid alleged food fights

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Another clip claims to show workers rushing to grab boxes amid alleged food fightsCredit: Twitter/@ZaiChongjian

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Some 28 cities – including Wuhan, ground zero for the virus – are now subject to a wave of new crippling measures.

The factory was forced into a ‘closed-loop system’ after a handful of Covid cases emerged, a source said Bloomberg.

It is understood that employees are not permitted to leave the manufacturing campus and undergo regular testing.

The site’s cafeterias – dubbed iPhone City – have been closed and those with Covid or too scared to leave their dorms have been given only basics such as bread and instant noodles, insiders told the outlet .

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They claim scuffles broke out between employees over food, with only production line workers receiving meal boxes, it is claimed.

Footage shared on Twitter appears to show tired workers standing at windows screaming while people in hazmat suits can be seen on the ground below.

Another clip, believed to have been shot at the site, shows people frantically grabbing boxes and rushing to flee with them amid unverified claims no food has been allowed into the site for three days.

Foxconn, Apple’s main maker, called the outbreak “small” and said production between October and December would not be affected.

The Taiwanese company said operations were “relatively stable” and employee needs including “material supply and psychological comfort” had been met, reports the New York Times.

It’s often a pivotal moment for the factory – in 2021 around a third of the £165 billion in iPhone sales came between the last quarter of the year, according to Apple.

It comes as data published on The Sun Online by economic analysis firm Nomura shows that 208 million people are currently living under some level of lockdown in China.

Two highly contagious subvariants of Omicron – BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 – are thought to be responsible for the recent spike in cases.

Chinese officials have described the variants as “highly contagious” because they can also infect people who were previously immune.

beijing is taking a no-tolerance approach to the virus – enforcing the new rules after just 20-25 new infections a day this week.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping – which was done this week”Emperor for Life” – continues to deploy what has been dubbed the “the strictest containment in the world“.

Cops wearing hazmat suits and brandishing machine guns brutally enforced the rules.

Quarantine camps, food shortages. cops seizing people’s homes, tags on Covid patients and drones monitoring the streets have all been seen across China.

China’s draconian response to the virus has raised the specter of a return to the potential for rising cases around the world as we head into the winter months.

But the West has rolled out much more effective vaccination programs, making countries like Britain better equipped to deal with any spike in infections.

China appears to be pursuing a nationwide policy of self-isolation as the Communist Party has made Covid Zero its flagship plan.

Xi doubled down on his policy in a recent speech – and promised that all measures must remain for the foreseeable future.

Footage appears to show people in hazmat suits at the site

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Footage appears to show people in hazmat suits at the siteCredit: Twitter/@Jack69905467
Many workers at Foxconn Technology Group's main factory in Zhengzhou have been forced into solitary confinement

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Many workers at Foxconn Technology Group’s main factory in Zhengzhou have been forced into solitary confinement
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