Kia closes Seoul factories after eight cases

South Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors has suspended production at two factories near Seoul after eight workers tested positive for coronavirus.

Kia, the country’s second largest car manufacturer, closed the plants in Gwangmyeong, just south of the capital, on Wednesday and sent all 6,000 workers home, a company spokesman told the country’s Yonhap news agency.

The firm said it would reopen the plants after disinfecting them.

Kia has a total of eight plants in South Korea and seven overseas.

South Korea has fared relatively well in the coronavirus pandemic, though a cluster linked to a church last month caused alarm and was eventually linked to some 5,200 cases.

The country saw 153 new infections on Thursday, as total infections reached 22,657 with just 372 deaths.

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