Vietnam logs 3,636 new covid cases as most of workers in HCMC return to work

, Vietnam logs 3,636 new covid cases as most of workers in HCMC return to work

Vietnam recorded further 3,636 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as well 71 deaths. 

The new cases were recorded in 50 provinces and cities. Among the new cases, 3,618 were domestic infections and 18 were imported. There were 1,649 infections detected in the community.

The number of domestic cases decreased by 17 compared to the previous day.

HCM City reported the highest number of new cases with 1,255, followed by Bình Dương (483) and Đồng Nai (390). Nine cases were found in Hà Nội.

Others cases were found in Tây Ninh (185), An Giang (174), Sóc Trăng (109) and Bạc Liêu (102).

The number of COVID-19 infections in the country since the start of the pandemic now stands at 877,537.

A total of 1,541 patients were given the all-clear on Thursday, increasing the total recoveries to 798,124.

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As of Thursday, the country has administered more than 68.8 million doses of vaccine. More than 1.7 million doses were administered on Thursday, according to Vietnam News.

Over 70 percent of 320,000 workers in HCMC industrial hubs have returned to work, showing that the migration of workers to southern localities have not majorly affected production.

Nearly 1,400 factories under Ho Chi Minh City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (HEPZA) and in the hi-tech park of Thu Duc City have resumed operation, or 92 percent, according to Pham Thanh Truc, deputy head of HEPZA.

As factories have not resumed full operation, they are not mobilizing all their workers. The ratio will increase gradually, he said.

“Factories in industrial hubs are not majorly impacted by the fact that workers return to their hometowns.”

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This is because companies were still paying their employees with a portion of their salary and 750 companies still imposed onsite manufacturing. These measures kept workers committed to the company.

Before the pandemic, 17 industrial hubs in Ho Chi Minh City had over 320,000 workers in 1,500 factories.

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A total 820 were closed due to social distancing as of Sep. 30, plunging 244,000 workers into unemployment, VNExpress reported.

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