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Tesla reduces U.S. factory personnel as Musk offers to produce ventilators

•, Tina Bellon

In an email to employees late on Wednesday night, Tesla said it had asked only "essential employees" to report to its Bay Area facilities, allowing all others to work from home with San Francisco on virtual lockdown.

In a previous email to employees on Monday, Tesla described essential staff as all those directly supporting factory production, vehicle deliveries and service, saying people in those areas should continue to report to work.

U.S. automakers Ford Motor Co (F.N), General Motors Co (GM.N) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI), (FCAU.N) on Wednesday said they were shuttering their U.S. plants, as well as factories in Canada and Mexico, to stop the spread of coronavirus.

At Tesla, extra precautions are now being taken to try to protect workers from the highly contagious respiratory illness that has infected nearly 9,000 Americans.