As China struggles to resume its economic activities amid its battle against the novel coronavirus, auto sales in the country have taken a hit, recent data indicates. 

China’s Association of Automobile Manufacturers told the daily Global Times that its year-on-year sales plunged by 48.4% in March amid the coronavirus crisis, translating to roughly 1.04 million units.

Most businesses in mainland China were shut as authorities imposed strict distancing measures which current reports suggest were successful in stemming the spread of the disease.

According to the country’s National Health Commission, 42 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, including 38

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