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Over 76,000 workers resume work in northern Vietnam’s previous COVID-19 hotbed

Over 76,000 workers resume work in northern Vietnam’s previous COVID-19 hotbed

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 14:39 GMT+7
Over 76,000 workers resume work in northern Vietnam’s previous COVID-19 hotbed
A worker resumes work at Hana Micron Vina Co., Ltd in Van Trung Industrial Park, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province, Vietnam, July 9, 2021. Photo: Giang Son Dong / Tuoi Tre

More than 76,000 workers of 262 companies in the Vietnamese northern province of Bac Giang have so far resumed work, local authorities said on Friday.

The resumption came after Bac Giang had basically put the pandemic under control, with only ten cases detected in centralized quarantine facilities and medical isolation areas in the past few days.

Companies have also created conditions for over 62,000 workers to stay at more than 1,700 rented rooms that meet pandemic prevention requirements.

Bac Giang Province, with 5,701 confirmed COVID-19 cases, had been the hardest-hit Vietnamese locale during the current infection wave that erupted in the country on April 27, before Ho Chi Minh City’s caseload surpassed 6,000 on July 4.

Medical authorities in the northern province have collected a total of over 29,000 samples for COVID-19 testing and detected more than 30,000 direct and nearly 110,000 indirect contacts so far.

With many efforts, they have helped more than 4,900 COVID-19 patients, or over 85 percent of the total number, recover.

Currently, only two of its communes are still practicing social distancing under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16, while nine other communes are following less strict restrictions in accordance with Directive No. 15.

Twelve other communes and district-level towns are applying more relaxed measures as per Directive No.19.

Vietnam has been battling its worst wave of coronavirus since April 27.

The Ministry of Health reported 792 new local coronavirus cases at noon on Saturday, including two imported cases, 600 patients in Ho Chi Minh City and four in Bac Giang, taking the overall caseload to 27,400 infections.

Up to 23,916 cases have been recorded in the ongoing round.  

Recoveries and deaths remain at 8,984 and 110, respectively.

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