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MNCs halt operations amid China Covid lockdowns

It is the first time China has restricted an entire province since the Wuhan and Hebei lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic.

MNCs halt operations amid China Covid lockdowns

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 March 2022 7:50 AM GMT

Shenzen: Multinational companies (MNC) have halted some operations as China widens its Covid lockdowns - among its biggest since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, BBC reported. 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. Toyota, Volkswagen and Apple supplier Foxconn are among the affected firms. The lockdowns have raised concerns that crucial supply chains may be disrupted, said the BBC report.

China on Tuesday reported a record high of more than 5,000 cases, most of it in Jilin. All 24 million residents of the north-eastern province were placed under quarantine orders on Monday.

It is the first time China has restricted an entire province since the Wuhan and Hebei lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic.

Jilin residents have been banned from moving around, and anyone wanting to leave the province must apply for police permission.

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