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COVID forces Vietnam factories to choose sleepovers or stoppages

Key supply chains for Apple, Ikea and Nike hit by strict anti-virus curbs

Employees work at a factory in Vietnam. (File photo by Rie Ishii)

HO CHI MINH CITY/TAIPEI -- Factories in Vietnam making products for Netflix, Ikea and Nike have joined a list of companies forced to halt production as the country battles its deadliest wave of the virus, while other facilities are setting up COVID "bubbles" in an attempt to keep running.

After Samsung and footwear major Pou Chen suspended some production at their factories last week, Vietnam authorities have expanded the number of factories subject to rules requiring them to either house staff on-site or suspend operations.

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