Vietnam will deploy troops in industrial Binh Duong province, a major manufacturing hub in the Southeast Asia country, to help contain an expected 50,000 additional Covid-19 cases over the next two weeks, the government said on Thursday (Aug 25).

The province is home to production facilities for dozens of major firms, including South Korea’s Kumho Tire and Tetra Pak, the world’s largest food packaging company.

The province also hosts a string of suppliers for Samsung electronics and Pegatron, a key supplier for Apple. It is one of Vietnam’s largest recipients of foreign investment after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Authorities are preparing for a worst-case scenario whereby cases could exceed 150,000 in the province over the coming weeks.

After successfully containing the pandemic for much of last year, Vietnam has been battling a surge in Covid-19 cases driven by the relentless Delta variant. The country has one of Asia’s lowest inoculation rate, with just over 2% of its 98 million population fully vaccinated.

 

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