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China's new COVID surge halts Honda's Wuhan plants again

Delta outbreak spreads to 30 cities, putting economy on the brink

Employees work on a production line inside a Dongfeng Honda factory in Wuhan before the latest closure.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- The worst coronavirus outbreak to rip through China since last year threatens to bring the nation's economy to another standstill, as Honda Motor is forced to suspend operations at a production hub.

Honda has temporarily shut down all three of its joint-venture assembly plants in Wuhan since Tuesday. Too many factory workers are unable to come to work due to lockdowns in surrounding areas, according to the Japanese automaker.

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