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Toyota and Honda shut production as Malaysia enters lockdown

Infection surges in Southeast Asia threaten global supply chains

Malaysia will shut most industries through June 14 as it goes into a nationwide lockdown.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/TOKYO -- Japanese automakers Toyota Motor and Honda Motor will shut down production in Malaysia on Tuesday as the nation goes into a lockdown, raising concerns that surging coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia will cripple global supply chains.

Malaysia imposes a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday, shutting most industries through June 14. Auto manufacturers and steelmakers will be permitted to continue operating but may send only 10% of their employees to work, while electronics, chemical and pharmaceutical companies will be limited to 60%.

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