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Toyota restarts final Chinese plant shut by virus outbreak

Japanese carmaker's other three factories in China operating at half capacity

Workers wear masks as they return to Toyota Motor's factory in Guangzhou on Feb. 17 after a shutdown prolonged by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor restarted its fourth and final Chinese assembly plant Monday following a nearly monthlong shutdown sparked by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Work resumed at the plant in the city of Chengdu after Toyota delayed the restart three times. All of the Japanese automaker's factories in China were originally closed for the official Lunar New Year holiday, but remained idled well after the extended 10-day break ended Feb. 2.

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