Chinese workers in Mexican plant quarantined due to Coronavirus concerns

JUAREZ, Mex. (KTSM) — Coronavirus concerns are prompting officials at a Juarez maquiladora to quarantine more than 40 of their new employees.

About 45 Chinese citizens were separated from the rest of the workers at the Foxconn maquiladora in North Juarez, near the Santa Teresa port of entry. According to Lorenzo Soberanes of the Medical Unit for the Juarez Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese citizens are being quarantined at a location near the plant.

Soberanes said there are no indications any of the workers are infected, but it is being done as an abundance of caution since the group recently arrived in Juarez from China. The group is part of an exchange program that the plant has with a business in China.

There are 326 maquiladora plants in Juarez and only two are from China and Taiwan. Despite the lack of immediate ties to Asian countries, about 20 plants are experiencing delays in production after items needed to fabricate their products were delayed in shipments from China due to the Coronavirus.

The quarantine will be lifted in 14 days, according to health officials.

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