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Pandemic-hit Bac Giang province returning to normal

 The northern province of Bac Giang, which was the country’s biggest COVID-19 hotspot, is returning to normal after it basically put the pandemic under control.

The province has to date registered 5,700 COVID-19 cases since the fourth wave of outbreaks hit the country on April 27. Over the past days, fewer infections, even zero cases, were reported.

It is working hard to complete the dual goal of pandemic containment, and production recovery and socio-economic development.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan The Tuan told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that as of June 30, Bac Giang had counted 481 FDI projects with total registered capital amounting to 6.82 billion USD.

The locality had suspended the four industrial parks of Quang Chau, Van Trung, Song Khe-Noi Hoang and Quang Chau, to prevent pandemic spread, according to the official.

Many FDI firms have donated machines and medical equipment in service of the pandemic combat in the locality, while contributing nearly 10 billion VND (433,453 USD) to the national COVID-19 vaccine fund.

During the outbreak, Bac Giang prioritised the production of essential goods and the operation of enterprises that join the global supply chain, Tuan said.

Businesses in the locality allowed only employees testing negative for the coronavirus to work, offered accommodations and pick-up and drop-off services, and divided workers in groups in an efforts to prevent pandemic spread.

The firms have also established groups in charge of COVID-19 prevention and control, and conducted testing for their employees.

The model has proven effective, Tuan said, further explaining that it has helped to maintain production and control the pandemic.

As of the end of July 5, 160 businesses, mostly FDI firms at industrial parks, with 60,000 workers, had resumed operations, according to the official.

Tuan said Bac Giang has set up a steering committee for the restoration of industrial production, trade and services, along with working groups tasked with guiding enterprises in COVID-19 prevention and control, and removing difficulties in production and business./.