Workers try to Flee Ho Chi Minh as Vietnam COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens

Migrant workers tried to leave Ho Chi Minh on Monday, August 16 after the government announced a one-month lockdown extension due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Many of these workers have lost their jobs due to COVID-related factory closure. Most of them have been struggling to support themselves and their families in the city since then.  

Local authorities, however, stopped the workers from leaving the city and ordered them to return to their homes and comply with COVID-19 travel restrictions to prevent the further spread of the virus in the neighboring districts.

Nguyen Van Hoan, a migrant worker in Ho Chi Minh lost his job two months ago and attempted to leave the city once before but was unsuccessful. 

Viet Nam News reported that the city government promised to support migrant workers and has asked them to not leave the city.

In an interview with Reuters, Hoan said that he didn’t get any support from the government and that he recently attempted to leave the city again but failed.

Hoan added that many people in his neighborhood have already died and is afraid that he will “die either from hunger and stress or from the virus” if he stays.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of August 16, 2021, Vietnam recorded 275,044 confirmed cases, and 5,774 deaths while Ho Chi Minh City leads with the highest number of new infections nationwide. 

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