Toyota has suspended a night shift operation (on July 27) at one production line of its Takaoka factory in central Japan because of a Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement the company said eight line workers (ages and genders – three males in 20s, a male in 30s, three males 40s, a female in 30s) were infected at the Takaoka Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Toyota said it was necessary to suspend operation for one shift due to ‘difficulties in ensuring the safety and security of our employees and in having the necessary personnel for operation’.

The partial suspension would affect vehicle output of about 650 units from the two shifts, a Toyota spokesperson told Reuters.