COVID-19 Rattles Major Chinese Manufacturing Province


SHANGHAI—Multiple companies have suspended operations in one of China’s biggest and busiest manufacturing hubs as authorities double down to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, halting some production of goods from batteries and clothing to textile dyes and plastics. Tens of thousands are in quarantine and some domestic flights have been suspended as a national health official said the outbreak in three cities—Ningbo, Shaoxing, and Hangzhou—was developing at a “relatively rapid” speed. The three cities accounted for more than 50 percent of the province’s economic output of around 6.46 trillion yuan ($1.02 trillion) last year. Many of Zhejiang’s goods are for export. At least 20 listed companies, including Zhejiang Mustang Battery Co., Guobang Pharma Ltd., and textile dyes maker Zhejiang Runtu Co., have shut operations in virus-hit areas in Zhejiang Province, which account for around 6 percent of China’s GDP. The companies said they halted operations in line with local government orders …

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