Vietnam’s northern province of Ban Giang ordered four industrial parks, including three that house production facilities for Taiwan’s Foxconn, to temporarily shut down due a COVID-19 outbreak.
The industrial parks will be closed until further notice, the province’s People’s Committee said in a statement.
Chairman of Bac Giang People’s Committee, Le Anh Duong, said, “We hope the measure will be in place for just two weeks, but it depends on the situation of the outbreak.”
On Tuesday, Foxconn confirmed its operations in the region had been suspended.
Bac Giang, which is located 37 miles (60 km) northeast of Hanoi, has been an epicenter of a new outbreak of COVID-19 since late last month, with factory workers among those infected.
The providence recorded 476 infections since April 27, accounting for a third of the country’s overall cases, according to the Ministry of Health.
“The authorities and companies operating in those parks will together establish a new way to prevent the virus from spreading inside the factories because we have no choice but to live with the virus,” Duong said.
Foxconn said its other factories in Vietnam “are still in operation and will be adjusted at any time in accordance with government epidemic prevention measures in the future.”