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Vietnam finds COVID at Samsung and Canon factories

More infectious Indian strain detected, threatening supply chain

A garment factory in Vietnam. Local authorities said they have found the more transmissible Indian variant in two northern provinces home to industrial parks and zones, as the country battles another wave of infections. (File photo by Rie Ishii)

HANOI -- Staff at more than 10 foreign manufacturers, including Samsung Electronics and Canon, operating in Vietnam have tested positive for COVID-19 by Thursday, raising worries that the global supply chain could be disrupted given the country's position as a key production hub.

Vietnam authorities said on Thursday they found 74 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total to 4,764 cases. It is unclear how many of those cases were staff of foreign companies. But the two worst affected provinces, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh that are home to some 20 industrial parks and more than 20 industrial zones, are effectively in lockdown.

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