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Vietnam’s factories lurch into crisis from worker exodus with holiday shopping on the line




For four months this year, as Vietnam battled the Delta variant, manufacturing worker Le Van Teo stayed in his shared room in the southern industrial hub of Binh Duong, where he survived on donated food supplies.

Lockdowns and temporary closures of factories as the country tried to quell a surge of Covid-19 cases meant workers’ earnings were irregular at best. They saw their savings evaporate and relied on neighbours or the local government for meals, a situation many found traumatic.

So when…



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