Honda Motor announced it would halt production at two vehicle assembly plants in Japan next week due supply chain disruption caused by the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic, according to local reports.

Honda said its plant in Saitama Prefecture, which makes passenger cars and MPVs, and its SUV facility based in Yorii, would be shut down for three days from 27 April due mainly to a shortage of parts from suppliers.

The Sayama factory was previously closed for two days from 15 April.

Other vehicles manufacturers in Japan have announced plant shutdowns in response to falling global demand for their vehicles and direct disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Earlier this week Nissan Motor said it was shutting down operations at its global headquarters and other facilities in Japan for two weeks until 10 May to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Toyota Motor last week extended the suspension of two plants in Aichi Prefecture by a further seven days until 28 April. This followed an announcement earlier this month that five plants would be shut down for various lengths of time throughout the month to adjust to falling global vehicle demand.

Further temporary shutdowns were planned for May, with some plants reduced to a single shift and others to be shut down entirely.

Mazda also announced it would suspend production at all its Japanese plants next week, with further suspensions planned for May.