HCMC, Binh Duong suspend over 22,000 factory workers amid raging Covid

By Le Tuyet   June 22, 2021 | 06:09 am PT
HCMC, Binh Duong suspend over 22,000 factory workers amid raging Covid
Employees at Pouyuen Vietnam factory in HCMC leave work on June 4, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
With Covid-19 attacking several industrial zones, 22,700 workers in HCMC and Binh Duong have had to temporarily stop working.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the Labor Federation has recorded 369 infections among workers and as a result, 4,500 other workers who had direct contact with them have had to be quarantined at centralized facilities; and more than 13,000 isolated in their residences.

All these people cannot go to work for now.

So far in the new wave that started in Vietnam since April 27, many factories with a large number of employees in HCMC have been infected, including Pouyen Vietnam, the biggest employer in HCMC with 56,000 laborers, and Vietnam Samho Co. Ltd with 10,000 workers.

Trung Son Food JSC at the Tan Tao Industrial Park in Binh Tan District has recorded at least 27 cases since June 15, forcing 800 workers to stay in quarantine camps.

HCMC is now the second most affected locality with 1,922 cases as of Tuesday evening. Tuesday also marked the sixth consecutive day the city's daily cases exceeded 100.

As for Binh Duong, which has recorded 141 cases, 80 workers have been confirmed with Covid-19, affecting the operations of 171 companies.

In all, 5,200 workers identified to have associated with infected workers have had to temporarily stop working.

On the list of affected companies in Binh Duong are Vietnam Housewares Co. Ltd with 47 cases, Binh Duong Water Supply Sewerage Environment Co. Ltd with 11 cases and Hien Hoa Anh Manufacturing Trading Co. Ltd with 15 cases.

All these establishments employ a lot of workers who stay close together in rented apartments, making it easier for the virus to spread.

Binh Duong and HCMC are among localities with a large number of industrial zones in the country.

Binh Duong is currently home to 29 industrial parks and 17 industrial complexes with 1.2 million employees; while HCMC has 1.6 million working in factories, including more than 320,000 in industrial parks and export processing zones.

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