The northern province of Bac Giang announced suspending the operation of four industrial zones amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in the northern region.
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Bac Giang suspended the operations of four out of six industrial zones (IZs) in the province from May 18. The affected zones include Van Trung, Dinh Tram, Song Khe-Noi Hoang, and Quang Chau.
Le Anh Duong, Chairman of Bac Giang People’s Committee, said that the suspension time will depend on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, but it is not expected to last long enough to have a significant effect on the manufacturing operations of the enterprises in these zones.
He added that by strictly complying with the preventive measures, it will certainly be possible to stop the spread of the pandemic in a short time.
According to the province's notice, suppliers of Apple Inc. like Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) and Luxshare-ICT Ltd. were among those who had to temporarily close their factories in Van Trung and Quang Chau IZs.
Bac Giang temporarily stopped the operations of the four IZs after testing nearly 140,000 workers for COVID-19 infections. Those who tested negative were sent back to their places of residence, for temporarily isolation at home following the directions of the government.
The province also prevented workers from returning to their home towns.
On May 19, Bac Giang recorded 603 cases of F0, 8,804 cases of F1, and 36,833 cases of F2.