New working licenses for foreign labourers to be suspended hinh anh 1A working session between leaders of Hai Phong port city and Chinese businesses on COVID-19 prevention (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has stated that in the time to come, it will suspend the granting of new working licenses to foreign labourers who come from areas hit by the acute respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) during the time of epidemic announced by Vietnam.

A representative of the ministry further said besides serious measures to fight the disease, the ministry is also attaching importance to the communications work and asking localities to continue reviewing, controlling the number of Chinese labourers, and advising those who came back to their country to not return to Vietnam to work. If they return for work, they must be quarantined for 14 days as prescribed by medical authorities.

The exit by Vietnamese labourers working abroad should also be postponed if needed, the representative added.

Updates by the 63 provinces and cities show that as of 4:00pm of February 20, there were 34,423 Chinese labourers who worked in Vietnam, 26,904 of them came back to China for the traditional lunar New Year which fell in late January./.