The people of the two northern provinces of Bac Giang and Bac Ninh are demonstrating their mettle in the fight against recent coronavirus outbreaks, retaining production to protect supply chains as much as possible.
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Under the strict and timely direction of Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh and the leaders of the provincial people’s committees, last week factories in industrial zones (IZs) of Bac Giang and Bac Ninh resumed their production lines, while employees moved back to work and live in factories.
Amishh Rajnikant Jaitha, CEO of Spica Elastic Vietnam Co., Ltd. in Bac Ninh’s Que Vo IZ, said that the interruption recently has caused a lot of challenges to its 45 partners, especially some key ones that have 8,000-12,000 workers. “My company is operating four factories and four offices in separate places. We have asked office staff to work from home, and office areas will be accommodation for other workers. We have bought a lot of beds, and built some more bathrooms for them to live,” Jaitha said.
Dang Thi Kien Chung, head of Planning for ITM Semiconductor Vietnam in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) said, “That is the best solution to keep employees safe and resume factory operations. Safety is the goal that all of us should pay attention to, in order to confirm our responsibilities to society.”
A representative of Wisol Hanoi, also in VSIP said, “Instead of buying beds, we provided individual tents to make some privacy for workers. At living areas there are services such as wi-fi, air conditioners and purifier, clothes extractor, and the toilets have become bathrooms. They are also fed meals each day,” she said.
Bui Hoang Mai, director of the Bac Ninh Industrial Zones Management Authority said over 500 businesses resumed last week after careful preparation. “The board has established 40 delegations to check and guide factories and facilities to ensure safety. If enterprises are stuck or face some difficulties, they can report to us or the provincial government to ask for some help and resume operations as soon as possible.”
As of June 3, there were 951 positive COVID-19 cases in Bac Ninh, including almost 250 cases at businesses. Over 35,700 vaccines were administered for local people, and 90,000 workers in IZs are expected to be vaccinated this week.
In a meeting last week with Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, Chairwoman of Bac Ninh People’s Committee Nguyen Huong Giang proposed the government to provide an additional 500,000 antigen rapid tests, and support businesses hit by the pandemic with policies such as tax exemption or extension. She also proposed the state budget to provide around $21.7 million to the province to promptly prevent the pandemic from damaging the area further.
Before resuming operations, businesses have to meet all regulations on preventing and fighting against COVID-19 like negative tests and safe distancing in the factories; as well as setting up accommodation areas for employees. Bac Ninh and Bac Giang authorities continue to closely work with the delegations of the Ministry of Health to manage the pandemic before allowing businesses back into operation.
As of the end of June 4, there were 2,819 cases in Bac Giang positive with COVID-19, including about 380 cases in Van Trung IZ and 1,700 cases in Quang Chau IZ.