Due to the impact of Covid-19 outbreak, 322 enterprises out of 180,000 in 30 from 63 provinces/cities have temporarily suspended operation as of February 12, and other 553 have scaled back their operations, local media reported.
Out of 5,000 cooperatives, 25 have suspended operation and five trimmed down activities, according to a report by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) on impacts of the Covid-19 epidemic on the labor sector.
With regard to the labor market, the report said that in 22 provinces/cities, nearly 9,000 workers have been hurt by the outbreak, including 3,200 working in the field of agro-forestry-fishery; 2,200 in water supply and waste treatment; and 1,100 in logistics and storage, among others.
The report added over 1,000 workers from 22 provinces/cities in the fields of catering services and accommodation have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19.
In a visit to a number of foreign-invested enterprises Thai Nguyen province on February 13, Labor Minister Dao Ngoc Dung said the rate of workers returning to works after the Lunar New Year Holiday reached over 97% nationwide, and 100% in major corporations.
As the Covid-19 epidemic is having a negative impact on the Vietnamese economy, Dung expects strong measures against the deadly virus would prevent infections at industrial parks.