Volkswagen suspends production in Brazil for 12 days due to COVID

FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen logo is seen at a construction completion event of SAIC Volkswagen MEB electric vehicle plant in Shanghai

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Volkswagen will suspend auto production in Brazil for 12 days as of March 24 due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the company said in a statement on Friday.

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Brazil is South America’s top auto producer and a key base for Volkswagen. The pandemic in Brazil is at an all-time, with daily death tolls that are the worst in the world.

(Reporting by Marelo Rochabrun; Editing by Leslie Adler)