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Nissan suspends work at Sunderland plant until end of week due to coronavirus outbreak

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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.

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Nissan today announced measures in its UK manufacturing operations in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The company is following all advice from national governments and has implemented a range of measures to ensure the welfare of employees and communities. Additionally, Nissan is ready to support any initiatives where its manufacturing and engineering expertise can be useful.

In Nissan Sunderland Plant, vehicle production stopped earlier today (March 17th) and has now been suspended until the end of this week. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

– Nissan Statement

Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West Sharon Hodgson reacted to the news on social media.

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