Production at Nissan's British factory, the country's biggest car plant, is suspended throughout April, continuing a shutdown in place since mid March as the coronavirus outbreak continues across Europe.

"During this period the majority of plant employees will be furloughed," the company said, according to a media report, referring to a government scheme covering 80% of wage costs for staff placed on temporary leave, up to GBP2,500 (US$3,100) a month per employee.

Nissan's sites in Spain are also suspended until further notice, the carmaker added.

"Our goal is to navigate through this crisis while maintaining activities critical for business continuity and to make sure we are prepared for the time when business resumes in Europe."