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Over 9,000 firms in HCMC resume operations

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Some 9,200 enterprises in HCMC have resumed their operations since early October, while over half of 288,000 workers in the city have returned to work.

Speaking at a press briefing on October 7, Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the city’s anti-Covid steering committee, said that a week after HCMC’s Directive 18 on gradual economic reopening came into force, many firms, factories and household businesses have reopened.

Some 5,300 firms in HCMC restarted their operations between October 1 and 3. The number rose to 9,200 on October 6, Hai said.

Before the fourth wave of Covid infections began in late April, the city’s export processing and industrial zones had 288,000 workers. Some 70,000 workers had been working before October 1, accounting for 24.3% of the total. On October 6, the number of operational enterprises and employees working at these zones made up 66.8% of the total.

The Saigon Hi-Tech Park has seen 88 of 118 firms getting back to work.

The resumption of production facilities and industrial and export processing zones have brought many workers back to work after the city eased mobility restrictions. However, the number of employees at work remains low as large numbers of migrant workers have left the city for their hometowns in other parts of the country.

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