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Kia suspends Seoul factory after COVID-19 outbreak

10 cases linked to plants that account for 10% of automaker's output

SEOUL -- Kia Motors suspended operations at its Sohari Factory near Seoul on Thursday after 10 COVID-19 cases were confirmed among the automaker's employees and their family members.

South Korea's second-largest automaker said that the company has stopped production in the two plants located in Gwangmyeong, southwest of Seoul. Sohari, which employs 5,800 workers, produces 320,000 units per year, accounting for 10% of Kia's total production. Its lineups include the Rio subcompact sedan, the K9 premium sedan and the Carnival minivan.

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