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Toyota to extend US plant closure for another 2 weeks

Output in America and Japan will be cut further amid coronavirus pandemic

Toyota's plant in Kentucky. The automaker's move follows similar steps taken earlier this week by Nissan and Honda.

NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor said Wednesday that it will extend its plant shutdown in North America for another two weeks, through May 1, in a move aimed at responding to a prolonged lockdown in the U.S. and preventing virus infections at its plants.

The Japanese carmaker said it will release its 5,000 temporary workers in the U.S., while maintaining direct employees, totaling 32,000, in North America.

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