The Brazilian subsidiaries of Renault and Toyota announced on Thursday the suspension of activities in their factories, as a way of contributing to social isolation in the face of the second wave of coronavirus that has hit the neighboring country.
In this way they joined the production stoppage announced by Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, as well as Scania and Volvo Trucks, whose measures will be applied next week.
Renault informed in a press release that from March 29 to April 4 it will halt production at its plant in Sao José dos Pinhais, in the southern state of Paraná.
The French automaker stated that "the measure is intended to contribute to social isolation at a time when several cities have adopted more restrictive measures".
For its part, Toyota decided the same stoppage in its four manufacturing units in the state of Sao Paulo (located in the municipalities of Sao Bernardo do Campo, Indaiatuba, Sorocaba and Porto Feliz).
The stoppage will also be implemented as of March 29 and for a period of 10 days, after reaching an agreement with the metalworkers' unions.
Toyota manufactures in Brazil several models that are sold in the Argentine market, such as the Etios, Yaris, Corolla and the new Corolla Cross.
The Japanese brand emphasized that it will continue to evaluate the situation at all times, since its priority is the health of its 5,600 employees.
Most of Brazil is in hospital collapse and with the application of a night curfew to reduce circulation and contagions due to COVID-19, after this month became one of the world epicenters of the pandemic.
So far, Brazil has accumulated 303,462 deaths due to the pandemic and 12,320,169 positive cases.
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, a record 100,158 people were reported infected in one day and 2,777 people died.