In an attempt to solidify their place in the global manufacturing supply chain, Vietnamese factory workers have begun sleeping on factory floors, hoping to reduce coronavirus outbreaks.
Now, major manufacturing companies are trying a new strategy to counter the spread of disease: sleepovers in factories.
In the northern provinces of Bay Ninh and Bac Giang, around 150,000 workers temporarily live on site in industrial parks to help minimize new infections. In Ho Chi Minh City, two dozen companies house 25,000 workers on site.
According to Bloomberg, workers sleep on metal bunk beds with bamboo mats and cots in makeshift dormitories. Some factories have set up tents for workers to sleep in, requiring workers to self-quarantine before returning to work from home.
In addition to living on site during the outbreak, the Vietnamese government has asked Samsung and other members of Apple’s supply chain to secure COVID-19 vaccines for factory workers.
The government has allocated up to 400,000 vaccines for those who work in factories. Currently, Vietnam only has a vaccination rate of 4% for its population of 98 million. However, the government hopes to reach a vaccination rate of 75% by early 2021.
Apple has several suppliers in Vietnam, including Luxshare and Foxconn, which were forced to close their factories in May following a surge in the coronavirus in the region.
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