Volkswagen in Mexico will begin sending workers back to plant on Tuesday

FILE PHOTO: An employee leaves the Volkswagen (VW) plant as the company will temporarily close its factories in Mexico amid growing worries over the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Puebla, Mexico March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Imelda Medina/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's VOWG_p.DE Mexican unit will begin sending workers back to its plant in the central state of Puebla on Tuesday for "preparation and training eyeing a gradual start further ahead," the company said in a statement on Sunday.

Puebla, where the German automaker and its luxury brand unit Audi NSUG.DE have major plants, said last week it is not ready to reopen its automotive sector due to concerns about the coronavirus. Mexico has registered more than 17,000 deaths from the pandemic.

Reporting by Dave Graham and Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman