Scores of Volkswagen's Mexico staff test positive for coronavirus

About 45% of Volkswagen's 11,364 workers and collaborators in Mexico had been tested.Nearly 2% had contracted coronavirus, equivalent to about 100 workers.
By : Reuters
| Updated on: 23 Jun 2020, 11:21 AM
FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen has said that the plant in coming days will remain focused on training and preparation for the start of manufacturing. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen has said that the plant in coming days will remain focused on training and preparation for the start of manufacturing. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen has said that the plant in coming days will remain focused on training and preparation for the start of manufacturing. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen has said that the plant in coming days will remain focused on training and preparation for the start of manufacturing.

Volkswagen AG's Mexican unit on Monday said about 2% of its workers tested for coronavirus had contracted the disease at some point, underlining the challenge faced by automakers in reopening factories before the pandemic has peaked in Mexico.

Volkswagen last Tuesday began sending workers in reduced numbers back to its factory in the city of Puebla, where the German automaker and its luxury brand unit Audi have major plants.

Many other major carmakers, especially from the United States and Japan, had resumed operations in other parts of Mexico a couple of weeks earlier.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Volkswagen Polo (HT Auto photo)
Volkswagen Polo
999 cc | Petrol | Manual | 17.74 kmpl
₹5.83 - 10 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Volkswagen Vento (HT Auto photo)
Volkswagen Vento
999 cc | Petrol | Manual | 17.69 kmpl
₹10 - 14.1 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Volkswagen Taigun (HT Auto photo)
Volkswagen Taigun
999 cc | Petrol | Manual | 18.1 kmpl
₹10.49 - 17.5 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Volkswagen Virtus (HT Auto photo)
Volkswagen Virtus
999 cc | Petrol | Manual | 19.4 kmpl
₹11.21 - 17.91 Lakh**Ex-showroom price
Volkswagen T-roc (HT Auto photo)
Volkswagen T-roc
1498 cc | Petrol | Automatic (Dual Clutch) | 17.85 kmpl
₹21.35 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Volkswagen Tiguan (HT Auto photo)
Volkswagen Tiguan
1984 cc | Petrol | Automatic | 12.65 kmpl
₹32.79 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price

The state of Puebla, however, has been one of the parts of Mexico worst hit by the coronavirus and had delayed reopening factories.

Volkswagen, which has tested staff extensively for Covid-19 infections and coronavirus antibodies, said staff who tested positive had contracted coronavirus during the period after the plants had shut in late March and before resuming work.

About 45% of the company's 11,364 workers and collaborators had been tested and nearly 2% had contracted the virus, the company said in a statement, equivalent to about 100 workers.

(Also read: Two Toyota Motor employees at Karnataka plant test positive for Covid-19)

Mexico has become one of the world's main coronavirus hotspots, with the Latin American nation on Monday reporting 4,577 new infections and 759 additional deaths.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been criticised for permitting factories to reopen too soon, with few signs that the number of deaths or infections was easing up.

(Also read: Tesla employees tested corona positive at California plant: Report)

Volkswagen added that the plant in "coming days will remain focused on training and preparation for the start of manufacturing."

First Published Date: 23 Jun 2020, 11:21 AM IST
Recommended For You
View All
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city