Many international companies’ China plants have been shuttered for weeks.

Catherine Thorbecke

February 10, 2020, 10:22 PM

5 min read

A handful of international automakers with crucial production plants in China have announced they will be returning to work within the next few weeks, as the death toll and the number of new cases from the novel coronavirus continue to soar.

General Motors said it expects to resume production in its China plants starting on Feb. 15, with a staggered start at first based on local employees’ safety readiness and how prepared supply chains are, a spokesperson told ABC News on Monday.

GM and its joint ventures in China currently have more than 58,000 employees at a handful of plants, and sold more than 3.64 million cars in China in 2018, according to its website.

Japan‘s Toyota said that it expects to resume operations at all plants in China starting next week but will begin preparing the plants this week.

“The safety and security of our team members, suppliers and stakeholders continues to be our top priority,” the company told ABC News in a statement. “For the week of February 10, all plants in China will start preparing to resume operations from the