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Pouchen Vietnam lets 16,700 workers off for 14 days due to COVID-19 outbreak

Pouchen Vietnam lets 16,700 workers off for 14 days due to COVID-19 outbreak

Monday, July 12, 2021, 12:03 GMT+7
Pouchen Vietnam lets 16,700 workers off for 14 days due to COVID-19 outbreak
This image shows health workers taking samples for COVID-19 testing from workers at Pouchen Vietnam Co. Ltd. in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, July 11, 2021. Photo: N.T.P. / Tuoi Tre

Taiwanese-owned sport shoes maker Pouchen Vietnam has announced two weeks off for all of its 16,700 workers as the firm is located in one of the lockdown areas in Dong Nai Province amid the coronavirus spread.

Pouchen Vietnam Co. Ltd., located in Bien Hoa City under Dong Nai, has released the announcement after a meeting on Sunday evening with the provincial authorities regarding health isolation due to the COVID-19 impacts.

As the local administration has decided to temporarily blockade the entirety of Hoa An Ward in Bien Hoa, where the company is located, to curb the coronavirus spread, the company has decided on such leave for its workers from Sunday.

During the leave, the workers will be paid based on the regional minimum wage as stipulated by the government, the company said.

Hoa An is among the 12 areas in Bien Hoa and Trang Bom District subject to health isolation for 21 days, according to the decision of the Dong Nai administration.

Coronavirus infections in Dong Nai have mainly originated from Hoc Mon, Binh Dien, and Thu Duc markets in Ho Chi Minh City, local authorities said.

On July 10 and 11, the Dong Nai Center for Disease Control, with support from Dong Nai Medical College, took COVID-19 samples from all Pouchen workers.

The test results showed that two of them were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the virus.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave erupted in Vietnam, Dong Nai has recorded 376 coronavirus cases, the provincial Department of Health reported on Monday.

Of these infections, Bien Hoa represented the highest number at 127, followed by Thong Nhat and Nhon Trach Districts with 104 and over 60 cases, respectively.

On Monday morning, the Ministry of Health reported 662 new COVID-19 cases, including 659 domestic and three imported cases, of which 544 were detected in Ho Chi Minh City.

The latest cases have taken the country’s total patient number to 30,478, including 9,275 recoveries and 116 deaths, since early 2020.

Since April 27, the country has documented 26,981 domestic cases.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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