‘We are tired’: Workers flee Vietnam’s largest city as long lockdown eases

Tens of thousands of people, mostly migrant workers, left Ho Chi Minh City over the weekend as the largest metropolis in Vietnam eased a months-long COVID-19 lockdown, triggering fears of labour shortages and more disruption to manufacturing. The mass exodus comes as the city and its nearby industrial provinces struggle to ensure sufficient workers to help revive the country’s economy, which posted a record GDP slump in the third quarter due to COVID-19 curbs. “We left our home behind for the city in search for better jobs but now we are tired,” said Tran Thi Them, 32, as she queued for a compulsory COVID-19 test before leaving.


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