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Vietnam scrambles to control COVID at industrial parks

Shutdown of 4 sites has Japan, Taiwan and other manufacturers worried

Since May 3, around 17,000 workers in Ho Chi Minh City have had samples taken for coronavirus testing. (File photo by Reuters)

HANOI -- After shutting down four industrial parks in northern Vietnam on Tuesday, authorities are scrambling to smother outbreaks of COVID-19 at other parks to protect the country's position as a regional manufacturing hub.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, the country's southern commercial center, say they are taking new measures to accelerate mass testing to detect infections among workers. The city has 17 export processing zones, industrial parks and high-tech zones where 1,500 companies employ some 280,000 workers and around 2,600 experts.

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