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Samsung and Hanoi rush to defend Galaxy hub from coronavirus

Vietnam offers support as epidemic threatens cross-border supply chain

Samsung's factory in Bac Ninh Province remains on alert to avoid coronavirus infection among employees. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI/SEOUL -- Work at Samsung Electronics' biggest Vietnamese factory has resumed, employees say, and they have started churning out new 5G-compatible S20 handsets unveiled on Tuesday in the U.S. to hit shelves on March 6. But the production base for Galaxy smartphones remains vulnerable to supply disruptions caused by the coronavirus epidemic in nearby China.

Samsung recently warned Hanoi that the company's Vietnamese revenue could plunge 50% in 2020 if customs clearance problems are not resolved, the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper and other local media reported Monday, quoting the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

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