Hanoi lifts social distancing on public transport from March 8

Hanoi will stop social distancing on public transport from March 8, according to the municipal Department of Transport.
March 08, 2021 | 07:04
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Spraying disinfectant on buses. Photo:Vietnamnet

The department has also issued detailed instructions on prevention and control of COVID-19 in the new situation on intra-municipal passenger transport vehicles, according to Vietnamnet.

Accordingly, public transport vehicles still have to seriously take measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic, implementing the government’s 5K message.

The Ministry of Health previously announced a message featuring 5K (in Vietnamese) Khau trang (facemask)- (Khu khuan) disinfection- (Khoang cach) distance- (Khong tu tap) no gathering – (Khai bao y te) health declaration to help citizens get used to living safely with the COVID-19 pandemic in a ‘new normal’ state.

Public transport vehicles must have hand sanitizer solution (at least 60 percent of alcohol content) and trash cans with lid.

Transport enterprises and vehicle owners have to require drivers, attendants and passengers to wear masks during the entire trip, and disinfect vehicle surfaces before and immediately after each trip.

Transport firms and bus stations must strictly comply with the regulations on medical declarations using QR Code.

Hanoi lifts social distancing on public transport from March 8. Photo:Ha Noi Moi

Since February 16 Hanoi has not recorded new cases of COVID-19 and basically has controlled the situation, but risks are high as the pandemic still exists.

Risks come from foreign experts who enter Vietnam for work, illegal entries via land border, and students from other provinces who are returning to Hanoi for resuming study.

During the Lunar New Year holiday which falls in mid-February, the capital authorities advocate restrictions on movement, Viet Nam News said.

Passengers and drivers of public transport must follow prevention measures. A list of passengers should be compiled with full name, address and phone number for interprovincial transportation while ensuring a safe distance for passengers.

The total count of COVID-19 infections in Vientam stands at 2,512, including 1,585 domestically-transmitted cases. Photo: VNA

Vietnam recorded 3 new COVID-19 infections over the past 12 hours to 6pm on March 7, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The new cases included 2 imported who were quarantined in Bac Ninh province right after their arrival, and one in Hai Duong province.

The new patients brought the total count in the country to 2,512, including 1,585 domestically-transmitted cases.

The Treatment Subcommittee reported that a total of 1,920 patients had been given the all-clear from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 so far, and the fatalities remained at 35.

Among the active patients undergoing treatment, 65 tested negative to the virus once, 57 twice and 137 thrice.

As many as 45,219 people who had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are being quarantined across the country, including 506 in hospitals, 14,266 in other establishments, and 30,446 at home./.

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