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Who gets the ventilator? British doctors contemplate harrowing coronavirus care choices

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing senior doctors in Britain's National Health Service to contemplate the unthinkable: how to ration access to critical care beds and ventilators should resources fall short.

VW tests ventilator output as carmakers join coronavirus fight

German carmaker Volkswagen said on Friday it was joining other manufacturers round the world to explore using 3D printing to make hospital ventilators to combat the coronavirus.

Germany will block foreign takeovers to avoid economy sell-out

Germany will protect domestic firms from foreign takeovers, two leading politicians said on Friday, after company valuations in Europe's largest economy have been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Inditex considers 25,000 temporary layoffs in Spain

福利网站Inditex, the owner of fashion chain Zara, may temporarily lay off all 25,000 of its store staff in Spain if the country's state of emergency extends beyond April 15, in what would be one of the largest such moves in Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak.

London underground train journeys fall by 70% over coronavirus warning

The number of journeys on London's underground train network has fallen by around 70% and on buses by roughly 40% as the authorities advised against all but essential travel due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ventilator rush: UK says new ones will be approved next week

Britain said on Friday that engineering companies had come up with an emergency ventilator prototype to treat coronavirus patients that could be approved next week, though one industry source told Reuters full production was several weeks away.

Ford to bring forward UK summer shutdown due to coronavirus

Ford will bring forward part of the summer shutdown for its British engine plants to Easter due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus drives surge in short-time work in Germany - labour office

Tens of thousands of German firms announced this week they would switch employees to shorter work hours due to coronavirus, the Labour Office said on Friday, highlighting the severe impact of the outbreak on the European Union's biggest economy.

Nissan's UK factory closed until further notice over coronavirus

Nissan said on Friday its British car factory would remain closed until further notice over the coronavirus outbreak, having previously said it would be shut until the end of the week.

Tesla's China car registrations fall 35% month-on-month in February

福利网站U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc's China car registrations fell 35% in February, month on month, data from auto consultancy LMC Automotive showed.

Truckmaker Volvo to put all 20,000 Swedish staff on temporary lay off-scheme

Truckmaker AB Volvo said on Friday it would put all its 20,000 staff in Sweden on a short-term, temporary lay off-scheme starting next week as it plans to close all production in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.

UK ventilator prototype ready next week - source

The first version of a new ventilator British industry is rushing to produce to help fight the coronavirus outbreak will be ready next week, according to a source familiar with the situation, with manufacturing due to start in four weeks.

Volvo cars to temporarily close plants in U.S. and Sweden

福利网站Swedish carmaker Volvo is suspending production at its factories in Sweden, the United States and Belgium, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, it said on Friday, even as it resumes manufacturing in China where the infection rate has slowed.

Tesla suspends production at U.S. vehicle factory due to coronavirus

Tesla Inc said on Thursday it will suspend production at its San Francisco Bay Area vehicle factory on March 24, ending a standoff with California authorities concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.

Bentley to suspend production for four weeks over coronavirus

Bentley will stop car production at its British factory from the end of Friday for four weeks over the coronavirus outbreak, one of the final automakers in Britain to announce such plans.

Former Uber self-driving head Levandowski agrees to plea deal over Google secrets

Engineer Anthony Levandowski, known for advancing self-driving car technology in the last decade, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to taking sensitive documents from his former employer Google before joining rival Uber Technologies Inc.

JLR to suspend production at UK manufacturing facilities from next week

Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover said late on Thursday it would temporarily suspend production at its UK manufacturing facilities from next week to curb the coronavirus' spread.

Ford hoards cash, withdraws profit forecast amid coronavirus outbreak

福利网站Ford Motor Co on Thursday moved to hoard cash on its balance sheet, drawing down $15.4 billion from two credit lines and suspending its dividend, in a move to bolster reserves to ride out damage to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.

World's governments draft manufacturers for virus treatment arsenal

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