Vietnam halts sending workers to coronavirus-hit regions

Wednesday, 2020-02-26 16:11:20
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Labour minister Dao Ngoc Dung orders a suspension of sending Vietnamese workers to coronavirus-hit regions. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - Vietnam’s labour minister has requested employment agencies to suspend taking Vietnamese guest workers to regions hit by the new coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease.

Minister Dao Ngoc Dung also asked workers’ representative agencies in affected regions to advise workers to proactively make health declarations and monitor their health in accordance with local rules in case of a suspected infection.

Workers returning home from coronavirus-hit countries must comply with reception and quarantine regulations by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

According to Minister Dung, besides taking preventive measures against Covid-19, it is also necessary to take action in order to ensure normal production and business activities and stabilise the people’s lives.

Concerning Chinese workers coming back to Vietnam to work, the Department of Overseas Labour is in charge of creating a plan to receive them in a selective and strict manner, and in order of urgency of the jobs.

All returning workers must abide by the Ministry of Health’s health examination and quarantine rules.

The labour minister also called for increased efforts to advertise a mobile app designed to connect and support those working abroad to Vietnamese workers in the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China) and Japan.

Vietnamese workers abroad, especially those in Daegu and North Gyeongsang province in the Republic of Korea, are advised to restrict travel and to not leave the countries and territories where they are working in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.