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Suzuki and Honda shut production in India to free up oxygen

Government urges manufacturers to free up oxygen for medical use

People carry an oxygen cylinder outside a factory to get it refilled in New Delhi.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Surging COVID-19 infections have forced Suzuki, Honda and Toyota to temporarily idle production in India as the government urges manufacturers to redirect industrial-use oxygen for medical use. 

Maruti Suzuki will shut down two auto plants in Manesar and Gurugram from Saturday through May 9 to free up oxygen used for manufacturing. The plants will advance their regular maintenance closures, which usually take place in June.

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