Rolls-Royce is being forced to switch up its operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The luxury car brand has shifted its focus from car manufacturing to honey production, according to HypeBeast.
The company halted production during the COVID-19 outbreak and is now turning its attention to a 42-acre apiary it owns near the company headquarters. According to the report, around 250,000 English Rolls-Royce honey bees live in the hives at Goodwood Apiary.
“Having come through the winter in excellent health, Rolls-Royce’s English Honey Bees are currently emerging from their hives and foraging on the half-a-million trees, shrubs and wildflowers flourishing across the 42-acre Rolls‑Royce site, plus the eight acres of sedum plants growing on the manufacturing plant’s ‘living roof’—the largest of its kind in the UK,” said director of global communications at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Richard Carter, per Food & Wine.
“Our sustainable buildings, thermal ponds, rainwater management systems and wildfowl refuge have already made the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood one of the UK’s most eco-friendly manufacturing facilities. Through this project, which taps into the biodiversity of our site, including our huge living roof, we’re making an important contribution to conserving Britain’s vital bee population.”
The Rolls-Royce hives have been in operation since 2017.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 56,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.