SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor shut down a factory in South Korea on Friday after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The factory in Ulsan builds the Palisade, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis GV80 crossovers. For Canada, Tucson, Palisade and GV80 are produced in Korea. The Santa Fe comes from the United States.
The closing dealt a fresh setback to Hyundai, which has gradually resumed production at local plants hit by a Chinese parts shortage in the wake of the virus outbreak.
"Our dealers currently have sufficient stock and are continuing to operate as usual," Hyundai Canada spokeswoman Bianca Pettinaro said in an email to Automotive News Canada. "We are closely monitoring the impact of coronavirus across the business and working to mitigate any potential issues that may arise.
"Of course, the health and safety of our employees is top priority and we fully support the steps Hyundai Motor is taking to avoid further spread of the virus."
South Korea has the most infected people outside China, affecting companies like Samsung and Hyundai. South Korea on Friday reported 256 new cases, bringing the total number of infected to 2,022, as the world prepared for a global recession.
"The company has also placed colleagues who came in close contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection," Hyundai Motor said in a news release.
The automaker said it was disinfecting the factory. It did not say when production would resume.
Ulsan is less than an hour from Daegu, the epicenter of outbreak in Korea.