HANOI, Oct 19 (Bloomberg): Vietnam’s electronics, garment, leather and footwear sectors are reporting worker shortages of about 50% after anti-virus restrictions began lifting early this month.
Electronics manufacturers nationwide are operating with a shortage of nearly 56% of workers and garment makers are facing a lack of 49.2% of employees, according to the government website, which cited labor ministry data. The leather and footwear sector reported a 51.7% worker shortage.
Tens of thousands of workers began fleeing the nation’s commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City and nearby industrial provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An after tough lockdowns began easing, the government said earlier this month.
As many as 2.1 million workers in the industrial belt want to return to their home provinces, the government reported, citing data from the public security ministry.
The electrical equipment manufacturing sector is reporting a 44.5% shortage of employees while the textile sector says it is lacking 39.5% of needed workers, the government said.
But Covid-19 cases has been on the downward trend over the last few weeks in the country.
Vietnam reported 3,168 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, including 3,159 locally transmitted and nine imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 968 in Ho Chi Minh City, 439 in Binh Duong province, and 393 in Dong Nai province.
The new infections brought the country's total tally to 867,221, with 21,269 deaths, the ministry said.
Nationwide, 792,980 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, while over 63.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, according to the ministry.
As of Monday, Vietnam has registered a total of 862,531 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said. - Bloomberg