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Covid-19 hotspot Bac Ninh allows all enterprises to resume operations

By Gia Chinh   June 24, 2021 | 03:55 am PT
Covid-19 hotspot Bac Ninh allows all enterprises to resume operations
Workers in a factory in the northern province of Bac Ninh. Photo acquired by VnExpress.
Bac Ninh, home to production facilities of Samsung Electronics, has permitted all enterprises without any Covid-19 case to resume operations starting Thursday.

The enterprises are required to perform Covid-19 tests for at least 20 percent of their employees each week.

The northern province has also allowed enterprises to pick up workers from other localities and take them to Bac Ninh, including from Covid-19 epicenter Bac Giang. Workers allowed to work in Bac Ninh cannot be those who have to be quarantined over Covid-19 links. They should also not come from localities where social distancing measures are still in force.

Workers who come to Bac Ninh to work must test negative for the coronavirus.

Upon arriving in Bac Ninh, the workers will be taken to separate accommodation areas and isolated from local workers for three days. After three days, they will be tested for the novel coronavirus again, and if the result is negative, they will be allowed to resume work.

The provincial authority has requested enterprises not to fire employees under any circumstance while the province is implementing social distancing measures.

Bac Ninh has 10 industrial zones and 26 industrial clusters with over 1,100 enterprises employing a total of 450,000 workers who come from 21 cities and localities nationwide.

The fourth wave of Covid-19 starting from April 27 had forced 309 businesses in the province to suspend operations, over 184,000 employees to temporarily stop working and 16,000 to take unpaid leave. Around 10,000 people lost their jobs.

The province has so far recorded 1,554 Covid-19 cases in the fourth outbreak.

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