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A beer restaurant on Tran Thai Tong Street, Hanoi. Photo: VnExpress

The request was made a few hours after the city issued Directive No.12 which requires indoor food and drink shops to ensure a distance of 2 meters among customers, VnExpress reported.

Hanoi City People's Committee Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh at a meeting on May 10 said that beer stalls and temporary markets were highly likely to trigger an outbreak.

After more than 10 days since the resurgence of community transmissions, Hanoi has suspended most non-essential businesses including bars, karaoke parlors, discotheques, game rooms, streetside cafes and tea stalls, cinemas, massage parlors, etc.

Hanoi so far has recorded 146 cases in total, with 93 detected in its now locked-down National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and K Hospital.

Residents have been also asked not to gather in groups of more than 10 people outside of offices, schools, hospitals, and other sites, as well as to strictly implement the 5K message and measures to prevent the pandemic. Heads of all levels, units, and establishments are responsible if any violations occur.

The Health Ministry announced Wednesday morning 33 more domestic Covid-19 patients in areas that have already been isolated.

Of the new cases, four patients were detected at Hanoi's National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, which has been locked down as a Covid hotspot. The northern Vinh Phuc Province recorded 13 cases, Da Nang seven, the northern province of Bac Giang six, while Hanoi and Lang Son and Nam Dinh provinces recorded one each.

Da Nang, which has recorded 60 cases in the latest wave, locked down an industrial park with around 1,000 workers Tuesday night after dozens of people associated with the park tested coronavirus positive.

All the workers and around 200 people living and trading around the park will be tested for the coronavirus.

Since April 27, Vietnam has logged 562 local cases of Covid-19 in 26 cities and provinces.

Nearly 900,000 of the country's 96-million population have received either one or two shots of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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