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Samsung suspends Vietnam factories hit by COVID: health ministry

Ho Chi Minh City to require workers sleep at plants or get bused in

A Samsung factory in Vietnam: The country's worst yet outbreak of COVID-19 is posing risks to its vital manufacturing sector.   © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese factories serving Samsung and a major Nike and Adidas supplier have suspended operations after detecting cases of coronavirus at their facilities, the country's health ministry said on Wednesday.

Samsung Electronics has halted work at three plants in Ho Chi Minh City out of 16 total and temporarily cut its workforce to 3,000 from 7,000, according to a post on the ministry website. It said the South Korean company, which makes roughly half its smartphones in Vietnam, found 46 infections and will introduce a plan for workers to stay at the factories.

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