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Honda puts 10,000 US workers on leave

Coronavirus pandemic begins to slam the auto industry's workforce

Honda suspended production at its U.S. factories on March 23.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Honda Motor started putting more than 10,000 employees in the U.S. on temporary leave as the novel coronavirus pandemic grinds U.S. manufacturing to a halt.

The move affects five assembly factories in Ohio, Alabama and other states. Honda employs a total of 20,000 workers in the U.S., most of whom will be put on temporary leave until the end of April.

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