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Chinese City’s Time Off for Omicron Tests Shows Economic Risks

  • Employees in Tianjin asked to take half day off for testing
  • Omicron response forced halts at Toyota, Volkswagen plants
Students and teachers are tested for Covid-19 at Tianjin University on Jan. 11.
Students and teachers are tested for Covid-19 at Tianjin University on Jan. 11.Photographer: Bai Yiming/VCG/Getty Images

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The northern Chinese city of Tianjin -- one of the world’s biggest ports and a production hub for foreign businesses -- ordered a half-day break for Covid testing, the latest sign that China’s face-off with the omicron variant could disrupt vital supply-chains.