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Panicked workers flee factory after colleague tests Covid-19 positive

By Phuoc Tuan   July 10, 2021 | 11:32 pm PT
Panicked workers flee factory after colleague tests Covid-19 positive
Workers of Taiwanese Ampacs International Company run out of its factory in Binh Duong Province after hearing about a coronavirus positive case, July 10, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Thai Ha.
Hundreds of workers at a Taiwanese-run firm in Binh Duong knocked down the factory gate and escaped after hearing a colleague had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

While mass testing at blocks of rented rooms in the southern province’s Bau Bang District, medical staff found a couple infected with the novel coronavirus. Their daughter, working at a factory of the Ampacs International Company in the Bau Bang Industrial Park, also tested positive.

Local authorities ordered the company to close the factory to test all its workers.

Hundreds of workers in the factory panicked on hearing about the coronavirus positive case. They rushed out, knocking down the factory gate in their desperation to flee.

Local authorities have called on the workers to return to the factory and have their samples taken for testing, but no information has been released about the specific number of workers who escaped.

As of Sunday morning, the health sector of Bau Bang District had collected 600 samples of the escaped workers for testing.

The company has basically stabilized the production situation, it was reported.

The Ampacs International Company is a wholly-invested Taiwanese venture that makes phone headsets. The company has about 5,900 workers.

Binh Duong is a major industrial hub that is home to 29 industrial parks and 17 industrial complexes with 1.2 million employees. In the ongoing Covid-19 wave, the province has recorded 1,305 infections and two deaths, with some companies suspending operations after recording infections.

Many areas in Binh Duong have been placed under lockdowns or social distancing measures.

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