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BMW's China venture with Brilliance plans to restart production on Feb. 17

SHANGHAI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - German premium automaker BMW's China venture with Brilliance said on Wednesday the Chinese firm planned to restart car production on Feb. 17, according to a post on its social media.

The plans come after an extended closure for the Lunar New Year holiday due to the outbreak of a new flu-like virus in the country which has killed nearly 500 people globally. (Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Edmund Blair)