Honda Motor said it would extend a shutdown of all US and Canadian car plant production through 10 April and at its plant in Celaya, central Mexico, until 13 April, because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The plant in El Salto in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, will also suspend production operations between 4 April and 13 April, Honda's Mexican unit told Reuters.

A growing number of automakers have said they will not restart US production until at least mid-April as demand falls off sharply.

Honda began its auto production halt on 23 March.