Hanoi considers easing essential activity restrictions

With the Covid-19 pandemic basically under control, the Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee said that he would consider easing some essential activities
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Hanoi considers easing essential activity restrictions
Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh.

Hanoi considers easing some essential activities amidst Covid-19

On June 10, Hanoi held a meeting of the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. Since June 3, Hanoi has recorded 15 new cases. Notably, a cluster of cases in Dong Anh with seven cases in the community. People related to the cluster of cases have been sampled for testing.

In the coming time, Hanoi may continue to record new cases, and Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has suggested units continue checking people returning from pandemic areas, especially those related to the Dong Anh cluster.

Chu Ngoc Anh said the city's two important tasks were to ensure safety against the pandemic and to realize its dual goals.

He said that the city needed to consider a roadmap to ease certain essential activities, minimize the impact of the pandemic, ensure social security, people's lives and develop the economy.

Chu Ngoc Anh assigned units to take samples for testing and screening in at-risk areas and establishments, to test for people returning from provinces and cities with a complicated pandemic situation such as Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Giang and factories having cases related to Covid-19.

For concentrated isolation areas, the he requested tighter management, especially F1 cases. Isolation areas must ensure social distancing and be fully installed with surveillance cameras.

Hanoi residents will soon be vaccinated against Covid-19

Director of the Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha said that, under the direction of the Ministry of Health, in the near future Hanoi would deploy the first injections for people.

Photo: VOV
Director of the Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha. Photo: VOV

The city will continue to vaccinate four groups: priority subjects who have received one dose of vaccine and ensure the interval between 2 injections is at least 8 weeks, over an expected: 54,193 subjects.

Group 2 is people working in health facilities (medical staff working in domestic and non-public health facilities who have not been vaccinated), an expected 11,266 subjects.

The city will also vaccinate people participating in pandemic prevention (Group 3): staff at concentrated isolation areas established by the City People's Committee and have not been vaccinated; members of the City's Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control; the Health Sector's Steering Committee for Pandemic Prevention, and the Steering Committees at all levels and branches; as well as Community Covid-19 team members in 579 communes, wards and towns who have not been vaccinated.

Group 4 are subjects at risk of contracting Covid-19 (workers of industrial parks and export processing zones at units: Me Linh, Dong Anh, Soc Son), about 7,000 subjects.

The time to organize vaccination is from June 8, 2021 and is expected to be completed in July 2021.

Director of the Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha also added that the city had just received the latest guidance from the Ministry of Health and will conduct public and transparent vaccinations, quickly and safely. In particular, Ha said that, under the direction of the Ministry of Health, in the near future the city will deploy the first injection for the people.

Hanoi’s tourism prepares recovery plan after Covid-19

The capital city’s hospitality sector has prepared a recovery plan for as soon as the pandemic is under control. Accordingly, in the second half of this year, the city’s tourism department has asked tourism businesses, organizations and agencies in the city to strictly observe Covid-19 prevention and control.

Tourism businesses, organisations and agencies in Hanoi asked to strictly observe COVID-19 prevention and control. Photo: NhanDan
Tourism businesses, organisations and agencies in Hanoi strictly observe Covid-19 prevention and control. Photo: NhanDan

The department will continue to advance information technology in managing tourist activities and the supervision of travel agencies and tour operators who meet Covid-19 safety standards based on the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s criteria

In addition, the department will take action to improve tourist products, increase the attractiveness of destinations, and develop tours promoting heritage, relic sites and craft villages.

The department will also coordinate with city authorities in planning festivals and cultural events when the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control.

In the first five months of this year, the city received 2.89 million domestic visitors, down 6.7% over the same period in 2020, and earned VND 8.1 trillion (over US$ 353 million) in tourism revenue, down 50.7%. In May alone, domestic holiday-makers coming to the capital numbered 115,000, a steep decrease of 55.3% year-on-year.

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