HCMC’s biggest employer takes Covid-19 infection in its stride

By Thi Ha   June 11, 2021 | 03:07 am PT
HCMC’s biggest employer takes Covid-19 infection in its stride
Employees work as usual at Taiwanese-invested footwear maker Pouyuen in HCMC, June 10, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Le Tuyet.
Production at Taiwanese-invested footwear maker Pouyuen has not been affected much after the company recorded its first Covid-19 infection.

At Pouyuen’s section C, where the infected worker works, there is a slow-down in order fulfilment, but it is not very serious, Cu Phat Nghiep, head of the firm’s labor union, said Thursday.

Only the 5th floor in section C was locked down after the infection was confirmed on June 9, while workers on other floors are still working as usual, he said.

"Section C has total staff of 9,200. Yesterday, we took specimen from 3,200 workers for testing. As of 10 a.m. this morning, specimens from an additional 6,000 workers were taken," he said.

Pouyuen said if the disease situation becomes complex, it will ask more workers to stop working. Production at section C may be shifted to other sections.

Pouyuen, which has nearly 60,000 workers, said 141 workers had been quarantined for 21 days, and 454 others self-quarantined at home for 14 days.

Meanwhile, 150 workers of Japanese-invested Furukawa Automotive Parts Vietnam at the Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in HCMC’s District 7 have tested negative for Covid-19, the firm’s labor union head Hoang Xuan Thai said Thursday, adding that they will stay at home for 14 days as a precaution.

These workers had come into close contact with the company’s first Covid-19 case, a local woman. Before being confirmed positive, she had self-quarantined herself at home in District 1 since May 29.

With 7,000 workers, Furukawa Automotive Parts Vietnam is operating normally, because most of the 150 tested workers are newly recruited.

HCMC has reported 590 local Covid-19 infections in the latest wave starting from April 27. The city has 17 industrial parks and manufacturing zones that employ more than 320,000 people.

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