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Global supply chain takes further hit as China widens covid lockdowns

Date: Friday 18 March 2022

Multinational companies have halted some operations as China widens its Covid lockdowns - among its biggest since the start of the pandemic.

Tens of millions of people across the country face restrictions, including the entire Jilin province and technology hub Shenzhen, as authorities report record numbers of cases.

Businesses in many of the affected regions have been told to close or have their employees work from home, unless they supplied essential services like food, utilities or other necessities.

Car plants in Changchun—home to state-owned auto maker China FAW Group Co.—have halted operations in recent days.

Volkswagen is halting production at its vehicle and component plants in the city from Monday through Wednesday, a spokeswoman said, while Toyota Motor Corp. also halted production at its Changchun plant on Monday and plans to resume operations based on government instructions, a spokesman said.