HANOI, May 17 (Vietnam News/ANN): Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has asked for tightened control over foreign labourers working in Vietnam.
In a recent dispatch to Chairpersons of municipal and provincial People’s Committees, he said provincial and municipal authorities should consider deporting foreign workers without work permits or those failing to comply with entry and exit rules applicable to foreigners in Vietnam.
Minister Dung said in the document that amid complex developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, many localities across the country have been facing a situation in which foreigners enter Vietnam illegally to seek employment not in accordance with local laws.
He asked local authorities to strengthen labour inspections and strictly handle any individuals or organisations that receive and use illegal workers, as well as violations of labour legislation.
Relevant agencies are required to review the employment of foreign workers at all businesses and other establishments.
At the same time, it is necessary to strengthen the management of all entries of foreigners as well as the registration of employment of foreigners at enterprises and other entities.
It is a must to ensure no illegal foreign immigrants are employed in Vietnam, the minister said in the dispatch.
Local authorities should review and strictly control the issuance of work permits for foreign workers in accordance with existing regulations and procedures.
He also requested relevant agencies to inspect the compliance with regulations on Covid-19 prevention and control at all enterprises and other establishments that employ foreigners.
Any violators of such rules must be strictly dealt with and suspended from operation, the minister said.
Vietnam, meanwhile, reported 147 new Covid-19 Monday, including 144 locally transmitted and three imported, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 4,359, according to its Ministry of Health.
The community cases were all detected in northern and central localities, including 75 in northern Bac Giang province, 38 in northern Bac Ninh province, and seven in central Da Nang city, among others.
Most of them are contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
The imported cases include a foreign expert and two Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival.
As many as 2,668 patients have so far recovered, and nearly 108,300 people are being quarantined and monitored.
As of Monday, Vietnam has recorded a total of 2,890 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 1,320 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the ministry. - Vietnam News/ANN