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  2. The latest casualty is the electric car firm Tesla which has been ordered to keep its main plant in the US closed, as the State of California grapples with a serious coronavirus outbreak.

    Chief executive Elon Musk had told staff that ‘limited’ production would resume on Friday at the Fremont factory, only for Alameda County to intervene to say that this could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases and there could be no production.

    Nearly 9,500 cases of the virus have been reported in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with 342 virus-related deaths, and all but ‘basic operations’ have been suspended at the plant because of ‘shelter in place’ orders, enacted in the county. The factory employs more than 10,000 workers, and makes about 415,000 vehicles every year.

    California’s government has eased some restrictions around the state this week, allowing businesses to resume operations but Bay Area counties, including Alameda, have issued their own criteria for businesses to reopen, which take precedence.

    ‘Tesla has been informed that it must not reopen,’ Alameda County said in a statement. ‘We welcome Tesla’s proactive work on a reopening plan, so that once they fit the criteria to reopen, they can do so in a way that protects their employees and the community at large.’

    The refusal to allow Tesla to resume production at Fremont comes as Tesla has suspended operations at its plant in the Chinese city of Shanghai. It had previously closed the factory as a temporary measure when the virus was at its peak in China. The company reported a net profit in the first three months of this year, and its stock has risen to nearly $820 (£669).

    Billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk now says he will move the electric carmaker’s headquarters out of California. ‘Tesla will now move its HQ and future programmes to Texas/Nevada immediately,’ the CEO tweeted, adding that the company was filing a lawsuit against Alameda County. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 2,632 people in California have died with coronavirus.

    In Alameda County, all but essential businesses must remain shut until the end of May. Musk has continually voiced his opposition to these ‘fascist’ lockdown measures, tweeting ‘FREE AMERICA NOW!’

    https://wrp.org.uk/editorials/us-and-world-economic-crisis-deepens-as-pm-johnson-decides-to-give-up-his-war-to-defeat-coronavirus/

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