The UK made just 197 cars last month, a drop of 99.7 as coronavirus tanks factory output

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The UK produced only 197 cars in April, 99.7 lower than its output in April 2019, with production almost entirely stopped by coronavirus, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Friday.

In the same month last year, the UK made over 70,000 cars.

Year-to-date production also fell 27.6 compared to 2019, to 319,449 units.

The SMMT expects less than 1 million cars to be produced by year-end compared to its January pre-crisis outlook.

Despite the return of workers to factories, the SMMT is predicting a 12.5 billion 15.4 billion loss to the industry.

Car makers in the UK have now made over 700,000 pieces of PPE since COVID-19, the society said.

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The UK produced only 197 cars this April, fall of almost 100 since April last year, in the latest sign that coronavirus has ravaged various manufacturing industries.

UK's motor trade association, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders SMMT said on Friday: "British car production falls -99.7 in April with 197 units made as coronavirus pandemic closes factories."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus mythsSee Also:Bill Miller and 5 longtime value investors share 10 stock picks they're betting on right now and explain why these are the best companies for the crisis recovery5 economic statistics that show the financial devastation of the pandemic for average Americans5 charts show how the coronavirus crisis has dwarfed the Great Recession in just 2 months