Coronavirus fallout: Skoda extends Czech factory outages to April 14

Skoda suspended production on March 18 as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
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| Updated on: 27 Mar 2020, 05:11 PM
File photo: An employee waits between cars parked in the courtyard of Skoda Auto factory as the company stops production to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. (REUTERS)
File photo: An employee waits between cars parked in the courtyard of Skoda Auto factory as the company stops production to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. (REUTERS)
File photo: An employee waits between cars parked in the courtyard of Skoda Auto factory as the company stops production to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. (REUTERS)
File photo: An employee waits between cars parked in the courtyard of Skoda Auto factory as the company stops production to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic.

Czech car maker Skoda Auto, part of the Volkswagen Group, will extend a stoppage at its domestic plants to April 14 from an original return date of April 6, the company said on Friday.

Skoda is the country's largest exporter and suspended production on March 18 as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus that has put most of Europe on lockdown.

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Volkswagen, the world's biggest car maker, has stopped production at other factories across Europe as the coronavirus pandemic hits sales and disrupts supply chains.

The Czech government has shut borders, most shops and restaurants and restricted people's movement as part of its emergency response.

The first detections of the virus in the country came on March 1 and as of Friday morning the health ministry had reported 2,062 cases, along with nine deaths.

First Published Date: 27 Mar 2020, 05:11 PM IST
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