March 13, 2020 / 9:19 PM / 15 days ago

Fiat Chrysler plant resumes production after 24-hour halt over coronavirus fears

FILE PHOTO: Employees of Fiat SpA work on new car "Panda" at the Fiat plant in Pomigliano D'Arco, near Naples, Italy, December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

(Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N) said production at its assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, which was halted for 24 hours over fears of an employee being possibly exposed to the coronavirus, has resumed on Friday afternoon.

“There currently is one employee out on self-quarantine as a precaution because of possible secondary contact,” the company said in a statement.

Starting Thursday afternoon, employees at the plant had refused to work. The company said the Ministry of Labour found the environment to be safe after visiting the plant and there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the location.

Fiat said on Thursday an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 at its Kokomo, Indiana transmission plant, but the location would remain open.

The company will delay the reopening of two plants in southern Italy by two days until next Wednesday, having closed them this week to complete actions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

(This story corrects paragraph 1 to say the employee was “possibly exposed to” the virus, and not “contracted”)

Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit and Bharath Manjesh in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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