Car Industry

Coronavirus lands at BMW, automaker quarantines 150 employees

A BMW employee in Germany tested positive for COVID-19 and did not travel abroad.

The employee is reportedly doing well.
Uwe Fischer/BMW
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites.

The coronavirus has, so far, defined 2020. The novel virus that first emerged in China has spread to numerous countries around the world, and it continues to impact global business, including automakers.

Although Germany has already reported cases of the coronavirus, it's specifically landed at BMW. The automaker has placed 150 employees under at-home quarantine after an employee tested positive for the virus, Automotive News Europe reported Monday.

The unnamed employee, who did not travel abroad, works in the company's research and development center and may have come in contact with the employees who have been quarantined. BMW confirmed the situation with Roadshow and said operations will continue as normal after the area cleaning and disinfecting the area. Most importantly, the employee is doing well, the automaker said in a statement.

Across Germany, 157 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, but there have been no related deaths.

So far, automakers haven't come forward to underscore any major stresses on supply chains. A social media post last month by a United Auto Workers local reportedly warned of parts shortages at General Motors here in the US; GM refuted the claim and said production is unaffected as of last month.

In China, the epicenter of the outbreak, auto sales have come to a screeching halt as the state government quarantines entire cities to slow the virus' spread. Elsewhere in the auto industry, the coronavirus caused the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, which was set to kick off on March 3.

Originally published March 2.
Update, March 3: Adds confirmation of situation from BMW.

Now playing: Watch this: 2019 BMW 330i joins Roadshow's long-term test fleet