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The Big Three Detroit automakers plan to temporarily shut down all of its US plants as a sweep across the country.

The company bowed to pressure from the trade union leaders and employees are calling for protection from pandemic that spread to more than 212,000 people in virtually every country around the world.

said it plans to close factories in the US, Canada and Mexico after Thursday night and through Mar. 30, The company said it will cooperate with the United Auto Workers union in the coming weeks to restart the plant and to explore additional protocols and procedures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“We continue to cooperate with the union leaders, especially the United Auto Workers, to find a way to help keep our workforce healthy and safe – even when we look at solutions to continue to provide customers a vehicle really want and necessary, “said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America.

said it shut all North American plants at least until March 30 and will evaluate the situation every week after that.

Fiat Chrysler said it would halt operations at plants in North America “progressively from today until the end of March.” The company said it will reevaluate the situation at the end of the hiatus and will work closely with the UAW meanwhile to facilitate safe working conditions, including the timing shift and improved cleaning protocol.

All together, the closure will affect 25 final-assembly plant and 150,000 union workers, according to the UAW and each car. General Motors has 11 factories, followed by Ford eight factories and six.

“UAW members, their families and communities will benefit from today’s announcement by the certainty that we are doing all we can to protect our health and safety during a pandemic,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “This will give us time to review best practices and to prevent the spread of this disease.”

Earlier Wednesday, Ford closed while its operations in Michigan-based assembly plant after an employee tested positive for COVID- 19, spokesman Daniel Barbossa said in an email. It was not immediately made clear when or whether the plant will reopen.

Cessation of production could create an immediate cash crisis for automobiles as demand for cars declined in the middle of the 19th plague COVID.

RBC Capital Markets and say that the impact of the coronavirus that could send the global automotive production dropped 16% in 2020, driven in part by the expected 20% drop in US sales.

“The bigger challenge is that after the country was going through the worst of the pandemic, the car will need to be prepared to come back online quickly to capitalize on a wave of consumer demand is suspended,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of Edmunds’ analysis industry.

On Tuesday, the UAW said it had reached a deal with, and that the facilities in the US

The action is a compromise between the company and the union after the UAW Gamble on Sunday urged the car to halt production for two weeks because of the spread of the virus.

North America announced on Wednesday that it will close four factories based in the US on March 23th due to an anticipated decrease in market demand. In a statement, Honda said it will stop production for six days with plans to return at the end of the month.

This coronavirus now infected more than 212,000 people worldwide and has killed at least 8,000 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In the US, has infected more than 6,400 and killed at least 114.

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