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Fireworks cancelled in HCMC amid the new outbreak of Covid-19

February 07, 2021 | 20:09

HCMC authorities have decided to cancel Lunar New Year's firework show and other public activities since Covid-19 pandemic is developing more complicated, in order to ensue citizen's safety.

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Fireworks explode in the Saigon sky, January 1, 2021 as Vietnam celebrates the New Year. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.

The move came after HCMC on Saturday recorded a suspected community transmission, being a 28-year-old man working at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. He is now in quarantine and being treated at the Cu Chi field hospital, according to VnExpress.

His younger brother living in the same house in neighboring Binh Duong Province also tested positive for novel coronavirus. The two cases have yet to be confirmed by the health ministry.

Earlier, the southern metropolis planned to set off firecrackers on Lunar New Year's Eve at eight locations, including two high-altitude venues by Saigon River Tunnel in District 2 and Vietnam’s tallest building, Landmark 81 in Binh Thanh District.

Hanoi, which has 23 cases, will only have one firework show instead of the originally planned 30, with no spectators allowed.

Many other localities announced the cancelation of firework shows to limit crowds amid the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

The new wave of Covid-19, caused by the fast-spreading U.K. variant, began just a couple of weeks before Tet, Vietnam's biggest and most important festival, an occasion for family reunions, big gatherings and home parties. It peaks on Feb. 12 this year.

Since the outbreak began last week, Vietnam has confirmed 394 Covid-19 carriers.

Fireworks on Lunar New Year's Eve canceled due to Covid-19 outbreak

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An ambulance car carries people who tested positive for coronavirus to a hospital in Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province, February 2, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Cuong.

Many localities have decided to cancel fireworks shows on Lunar New Year's Eve, a long-standing tradition, to limit crowds amid the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

Authorities in Ha Long Town in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to world natural heritage site Ha Long Bay, announced the suspension and will instead use the money earmarked for it to buy medical equipment to test all locals.

Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands, which has diagnosed 18 cases, has canceled the fireworks, all Tet festivals and crowded events and closed non-essential establishments like karaoke parlors, bars and dance clubs. The Ministry of Health has sent two teams of medical experts from HCMC to Gia Lai to support its containment efforts.

Hung Yen, Ha Nam and Vinh Phuc provinces in the north, all close to Hai Duong, the epicenter, have all announced cancelations of fireworks shows.

Hanoi, which has 22 cases, will only have one fireworks show instead of the originally planned 30, and people will not be allowed to gather to watch it.

Authorities in Hanoi will only allow one fireworks show on Lunar New Year's Eve, instead of the planned 30 amid the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

The city is seeking a suitable venue for its high-altitude fireworks performance on Lunar New Year's Eve, which falls on Feb. 11. No large gatherings at the venue to watch fireworks will be allowed to ensure Covid-19 prevention measures as the city has recorded 21 infections, all linked to the major clusters in neighboring Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces, the country's major coronavirus hotspots.

In addition, city authorities are yet to decide whether festivals and events for the Lunar New Year holiday could commence.

Earlier, Hanoi planned to set off fireworks at 30 venues, including six high-altitude shows at the Sword Lake in Hoan Kiem District, Lac Long Quan Flower Garden in Tay Ho District, My Dinh Stadium in Nam Tu Liem District, Thong Nhat Park in Hai Ba Trung District, the Van Quan Lake in Ha Dong District, and Son Tay Ancient Citadel in the outlying Son Tay District.

Authorities in Hanoi, less than two hours to the east of Hai Duong, have locked down 10 areas where infections were confirmed. The city has shut down all bars, karaoke parlors, and discotheques, as well as video game and internet parlors.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said at a meeting with city authorities Monday that Hanoi should consider applying social distancing on a wider scale as the pandemic situation in the capital has turned complicated.

Hai Phong, around two hours east of Hanoi, will only set off fireworks at one venue on Do Son Beach, instead of 12 as planned. All crowded events, arts shows and traditional festivals have been suspended in the city where one case has been found.

The new wave of Covid-19, caused by the fast-spreading U.K. variant, began just a couple of weeks before Tet, Vietnam's biggest and most important festival, an occasion for family reunions, big gatherings and home parties. It peaks on February 12 this year.

Since the outbreak began last Thursday, the Health Ministry has confirmed 375 people with Covid-19.

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