Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port to shut down due to coronavirus fears
Vehicle manufacturer PSA Group has announced it is to close all its European plants due to coronavirus until March 27. The group runs the Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port as well as another in Luton, and said both would be affected by the move, according to the Press Association. Click here to read today's top news stories and click here for the latest coronavirus updates
The group said in a statement: "Due to the acceleration observed in recent days of serious Covid-19 cases close to certain production sites, supply disruptions from major suppliers, as well as the sudden decline in the automobile markets, the chairman of the executive board with the members of the crisis unit decided the principle of the closure of the vehicle production sites."
As of Monday morning, 40,279 people had been tested, with 38,907 negative and 1,372 positive in the UK.
The death toll reached 35 on Sunday.