Mar 15, 2022

China: Businesses shut as officials widen Covid lockdowns

Several multinational companies have halted operations as China widens its Covid lockdowns - among its biggest since the start of the pandemic. China on Tuesday reported a record high of more than 5,000 cases, most of it in Jilin. "Due to our diversified production sites in China, we have adjusted the production line to minimise the potential impact," it said in a statement to the BBC. Its plant in Zhengzhou - the world's largest iPhone factory - remains open, as the city was not hit by the restrictions. The lockdown of Jilin is similar in so many ways to Hubei in early 2020; the area of China where it all began. Up to now, China has seen relatively fewer cases of Covid due to its strict zero-Covid policy, where it resorts to rapid lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions whenever clusters have emerged.

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