Economists see pandemic restrictions as a brake on growth in the world’s second-largest economy

Footage shows police in Covid-protective suits beating workers at Foxconn’s facility in Zhengzhou, China. The world’s biggest site making Apple smartphones had been under Covid-19 lockdowns in recent weeks. Screenshot: Associated Press

Updated Nov. 24, 2022 9:42 am ET

SINGAPORE—Widespread lockdowns imposed across China as authorities there struggled this week to contain the country’s largest Covid-19 outbreak threaten to again create uncertainty in global supply chains and dim the prospects for world economic growth.

Beijing’s battle to contain the virus—including sharp restrictions on everyday life and commerce in cities from the major port city of Tianjin in the north to Guangzhou in the south—comes as economies elsewhere lose speed as central banks raise interest rates to beat back inflation.

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