Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Boeing said Monday it will suspend production of 787 aircraft in South Carolina, a move that puts all of the manufacturer's final assembly of commercial aircraft on hold.

The announcement came after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered most residents to stay at home except for certain activities such as the purchase of essential goods or a family visit.

According to a spokesman, Boeing on Sunday said it would extend indefinitely a shutdown at commercial aircraft factories in the Seattle area - home to the bulk of its production - due to the virus that has infected about 100 Boeing employees.

"It is our commitment to focus on our teammates' health and safety while assessing the spread of the virus across the state, its impact on the reliability of our global supply chain and that ripple effect on the 787 programme," said Brad Zaback, general manager of the 787 programme, in a statement.

Boeing said employees who are unable to work remotely will be paid for 10 days of work and can file for unemployment benefits or make use of paid time off.

"When operations are suspended, all benefits will continue as normal, no matter how teammates choose to record their time," Boeing said.

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