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Top Carmaker Shutdowns Hint More to Come in Covid-Zero China

  • Toyota, VW Tianjin factory halts stretch into second week
  • Analysts see further disruption amid China’s Covid-Zero push

China’s zero tolerance approach to Covid has idled Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG factories the past week, a troubling sign for global carmakers as the omicron variant begins to spread in the world’s biggest auto production hub. 

The two top-selling carmakers’ factories in Tianjin, 108 kilometers (67 miles) southeast of Beijing, have been halted since Jan. 10 as the local government carries out multiple rounds of mass testing for the city’s 14 million residents.