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Informal workers hit hard by new Covid outbreak

VN Express, Vietnam, 31 May 2021 - People working in the informal economy, many of them urban migrants, hoping to rebuild lives shattered by three waves of Covid-19, now face a fourth.

One Friday evening in May Nguyen Thi Kim of Saigon’s Binh Tan District reached home and burst into tears knowing she would have to stop working as a cleaner in several buildings due to the rising number of Covid cases.

In their rented studio her two children and husband had gone to sleep, leaving a bowl of rice and some pieces of tofu for her on the table, her daily meal the last few weeks.

As an hourly-wage cleaner for families and offices in downtown Saigon, she used to earn VND8 million ($347.81) a month before the pandemic began.

This year, after the four-day national holidays in late April and early May, three of her employers, worried about an outbreak that had just begun, stopped hiring her.

Last week, after HCMC recorded a surge in infections related to the Revival Ekklesia Mission Christian congregation, two other employers told her they would hire her again in July if Covid is controlled by then.

"I thought last year was the worst, but things just keep getting worse," the 35-year-old from the southern province of Dong Nai said.

Her plight is not uncommon among workers in the informal economy, who have been hit hard by the fourth and latest Covid outbreak, which has spread quickly to 34 localities and cities with 4,096 patients.

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