Government enlists tech companies in Coronavirus fight

Friday, Feb 07, 2020 18:46

People in HCM City wear face masks in public as the coronavirus continues to pose a threat. — VNS File Photo/Ngoc Hai.

Minister of Information and Communications, Nguyen Manh Hung has called on all organizations and companies in the information and communications sector to join the efforts to combat the coronavirus, especially propaganda efforts.

A number of information and communication technologies (ICT) firms have already taken measures to help their staff and customers.

Firms such as VNG, Sapo and Sen Do are allowing their employees to work from home and also providing them with anti-virus solutions.

Sen Do has instructed employees who have visited Wuhan or held meetings with people coming from the Chinese city since January 15 to apprise its human resources division and work from home for at least 14 days from that date.

Ride-hailing firm Grab has decided to suspend all employees’ business trips to China. Employees returning after a visit to China have been told to stay at home for at least 14 days and to get medical clearance before resuming work at office.

Video games company VNG has also told staff returning from Coronavirus-affected areas such as China, Da Nang and Nha Trang to work at home for two weeks before returning to office.

Tran Viet Quan, director of HCM City-based company GMA, said employees are allowed to work from home to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the Coronavirus.

Other IT firms such as Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone, and FPTShop require employees to wear face masks while interacting with customers, and are providing the masks. — VNS.

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