Electric Car Company, Tesla Asked to Close the Plant for Controlling COVID
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Tesla, an electric car company, has been asked to keep its main plant closed in the US, as California is grappling with a coronavirus outbreak. According to CNBC, Chief Executive Elon Musk had told staff to resume “limited” production at the Fremont factory near San Francisco on Friday. Yet Alameda County says this can result in an increase in cases of coronavirus. In the San Francisco Bay Area, nearly 9,500 cases were reported, along with 342 deaths related to the virus.
All but “essential activities” suspend at the plant since 23 March, due to “shelter in place” orders given in the county. The factory employs more than 10,000 employees and annually produces about 415,000 vehicles. Government of California this week eased some restrictions around the state, allowing businesses to resume operations. But several counties in the Bay Area, including Alameda, have issued their own criteria whereby companies can reopen, which takes precedence.
Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for comment from the BBC. Mr Musk has raised concerns over his opposition to limits on coronavirus and his support of unproven virus treatments. The tech billionaire has said in a series of tweets “the coronavirus scare is crazy” and “FREE AMERICA NOW”
So, according to Bloomberg, it comes as Tesla has suspended operations at her plant in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Previously it had closed the factory as a temporary measure when the virus was in China at its height. Thus, in the first three months of this year, the company posted a net profit. Also, its stock has risen to almost $820 (£669;€756). So, yet analysts expect the coronavirus pandemic to negatively affect their earnings by 2020.