Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun urged China’s smartphone sector to return to work as soon as possible, as the coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt economic activity throughout the country.
He made the comments at a live-streamed product launch Monday for the company’s new flagship Mi 10 telephone series.
At the event, Lei, a Hubei resident where the virus broke out, wore a face mask to show support for an effort to fight the health disaster.
In December, Xiaomi opened a second HQ in Wuhan, which currently has about 2,000 staff.
Factories and suppliers throughout much of China, along with those in the smartphone field, have suspended production as the nation battles the coronavirus.
Though travel constraints have been eased in some areas this week, migrant workers are reportedly having trouble getting back to their jobs, and lots of stores and shopping malls are empty or closed.
Industry analysts anticipate that the virus will cause smartphone deliveries in mainland China to drop approximately 40% in Q1 compared with the same interval a year earlier, resulting from supply chain disruptions and weakening consumer confidence.
Xiaomi and its domestic competitors, which include Huawei Technologies, Oppo, and Vivo, had been hoping to boost sales this year with the release of more 5G-enabled telephones compatible with the nation’s newly upgraded telecom infrastructure.