‘We are drained’: Workers flee Vietnam’s largest metropolis as lengthy lockdown eases

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  • Mass exodus from Ho Chi Minh City fuels labour scarcity worries
  • City authorities ask migrant employees to ‘keep to work’
  • Nearly 90,000 individuals, principally migrant employees, have left metropolis – state media
  • Ho Chi Minh City accounts for 77% of nation’s COVID-19 deaths

HANOI, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Tens of hundreds of individuals, principally migrant employees, left Ho Chi Minh City over the weekend as the most important metropolis in Vietnam eased a months-long COVID-19 lockdown, triggering fears of labour shortages and extra disruption to manufacturing.

The mass exodus comes as town and its close by industrial provinces wrestle to make sure ample employees to assist revive the nation’s economic system, which posted a file GDP droop within the third quarter as a consequence of COVID-19 curbs. learn extra

“We left our home behind for the city in search for better jobs but now we are tired,” mentioned Tran Thi Them, 32, as she queued for a obligatory COVID-19 check earlier than leaving.

“We are going home to farm and raise cattle,” she mentioned, as she headed to her village in Dong Thap province within the Mekong River Delta along with her husband and their 8-month-old child.

Them misplaced her job at a garment manufacturing facility in July, when town started imposing curbs, and has been confined to her 10-square-metre rented room amid restrictions on leaving the home.

Nearly 90,000 individuals have left Ho Chi Minh City since Friday, state media stories present, on worries they might get caught once more if there was one other wave of infections. The metropolis eased curbs from late Thursday.

“Please don’t leave, and stay to work,” mentioned vice chairman of town’s People’s Committee, Le Hoa Binh.

“The city is facing serious labour shortages.”

‘DIFFICULT TO RECRUIT’

Such shortages would add to the woes of labour-intensive companies which might be already struggling because of the lockdown.

“We are facing a huge labour shortage,” a sub-contractor of Coteccons Construction (CTD.HM) mentioned from Ho Chi Minh City on situation of anonymity as he was not allowed to talk to media.

“We have only 60% of the labour force needed for our projects, and it’s difficult to recruit more workers now.”

Suppliers for Nike and Adidas suspended operations in Vietnam earlier this 12 months. Nike has lower its fiscal 2022 gross sales expectations and warned of vacation delays.

Buyers of Apple’s new iPhone 13 face longer-than-expected supply occasions due to the outbreak in Vietnam, the place elements for the system’s new digital camera module are assembled.

Fashion manufacturers are additionally more and more turning away from low-cost manufacturing hubs in Asia.

Vietnam has one of many lowest vaccination charges in Southeast Asia, with lower than 11% of its 98 million individuals having acquired not less than two doses.

It has reported 808,000 instances and greater than 19,700 COVID-19 deaths, with Ho Chi Minh City accounting for practically half and 77% of them, respectively.

“We are heading home as that is a safer place,” Them mentioned.

Editing by Himani Sarkar

People, mostly migrant workers who are planning to return to their hometowns, wait at a checkpoint to leave Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam October 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Stringer

People, mostly migrant workers who are planning to return to their hometowns, wait at a checkpoint to leave Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam October 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Stringer

People, mostly migrant workers who are planning to return to their hometowns, wait at a checkpoint to leave Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam September 30, 2021.   REUTERS/Stringer