India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. will keep its factories shut for an additional week citing the coronavirus pandemic.
New Delhi-based company will extend its maintenance shutdown to May 16 from May 9 “keeping in sight the present pandemic situation,” Maruti said in an exchange filing Saturday. Some activities will continue within the plants, the automaker said.
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The prolonged shutdown comes just days after Chairman R.C. Bhargava said in an interview with Bloomberg News that Maruti may halve its production capacity because the pandemic shutters a number of its sales outlets within the country. the corporate had earlier advanced its planned June maintenance shutdown to May 9 to assist divert oxygen to hospitals.
Large parts of the country are under lockdown after local governments initiated measures to curb the spread of infection and ease pressure on hospitals.
India reported quite 4,000 Covid-19 deaths for a second day because the nation battled the world’s worst outbreak of the virus. The country on Sunday recorded 4,092 fatalities and located 403,736 new cases, with the capital New Delhi and other big cities continuing to report surging infections.