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Tesla Quarantining Thousands of Workers to Restore China Output

  • Shanghai’s six-week lockdown stalled production at the plant
  • Situation shows the challenge of operating in Covid Zero China
The Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai.
The Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. is isolating thousands of workers in disused factories and an old military camp in China to ensure they’re Covid-19 free, part of a large-scale plan by the electric-car maker to ramp up production at its plant in Shanghai as the city emerges from lockdown. 

The staff will be used to create a second shift at Tesla’s Gigafactory south of Shanghai -- which was shut down for weeks from late March because of the city’s lockdown -- recently resuming some production under a special, so-called closed-loop system approved by the authorities.