According to an internal memo and two people familiar with the matter

Tesla had gone ahead with earlier plans to shut down production at its Shanghai factory on Saturday and shut down most work at the factory in the last week of December.

A U.S. automaker has canceled morning shifts and told all workers at its most productive manufacturing centers that they can start taking breaks

people said, in a notice seen by Reuters. The company didn't say why.

Reuters reported earlier this month that the electric-vehicle giant plans to halt production of the Model Y at his factory from Dec. 25 until January. 1.

The suspension comes amid a growing wave of infections after China eased its zero COVID policy earlier this month.

The sudden move was welcomed by businesses and the public, but caused serious disruption to business operations in the short term.

One of his sources said workers at Tesla and its suppliers have also been sick as part of the surge, creating challenges for his week-long operations.

The Shanghai factory has been focusing on producing models for export this past week, the official added.

 Tesla's best-selling model at its Shanghai plant by about 30% per month, according to Reuters. increase.

The Shanghai plant, the main manufacturing center for Elon Musk's electric vehicle company

maintained normal operations during the last week of last December.