Automotive giant Nissan has suspended production until the end of the week at its Sunderland plant as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The company - which employs around 7,000 people at Sunderland, and supports thousands of more jobs in the supply chain, said it had put production on hold because of disruption to its supply chains and a drop in market demand, both caused by the Covid-19 emergency.
Nissan follows other carmakers in shutting down production, including Vauxhall, Peugeot and Renault.
Car plants in Spain and Italy had already been closed to protect staff and slow the spread of the virus.
Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West Sharon Hodgson reacted to the news on social media.