Hanoi requests bars, karaoke parlors to close over Covid-19 fears

The Hanoi People's Committee has requested bars, karaoke parlors, and discotheques to close starting February 1 as a measure to stem the spread of novel coronavirus.
February 01, 2021 | 10:33
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The Hanoi People's Committee announced the decision at a meeting on the latest Covid-19 outbreak Sunday afternoon.

All eateries are required to disinfect their space regularly, arrange seats to ensure social distancing, and ask all staff to wear masks, according to VNExpress.

Residents have to limit gathering in crowds when it is not necessary. Those organizing events must strictly ensure preventive measures.

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The Hanoi People's Committee has requested bars, karaoke parlors, and discotheques to close starting February 1 as measures to stem the spread of novel coronavirus.

Illustrative photo: Zing News.

The city authorities have emphasized that people should limit organizing festive activities amid the latest outbreak that has aroused concerns that it is a rapidly spreading variant of the novel coronavirus.

Related agencies should guide the community and ensure that people follow preventive measures, notably the five-point message: wearing face masks, frequent disinfection, maintaining a safe distance, refraining from gathering, and making health declarations.

People who traveled from Hai Duong Province's Chi Linh Town from January 1 and Quang Ninh's Van Don International Airport from January 5 will be tested for the novel coronavirus. Hanoi has estimated that around 20,000 people have come in from the Covid-19 hotspots of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh.

Employees of the Noi Bai International Airport related in any way to the Covid-19 cases in Van Don Airport will also be tested.

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A medic takes samples of a woman for the new coronavirus test in Cau Giay District of Hanoi, July 2020.

Photo: VNExpress

The capital city has so far recorded 13 Covid-19 community transmissions in the latest outbreak, has decided to allow more than 2 million students from kindergartens to high schools to start their Lunar New Year holiday on February 1, a week earlier than scheduled.

Hanoi is less than two hours from Hai Duong, the Northern province that is currently the biggest hotspot with 188 cases, and a major transport link to northern localities.

Earlier, Hanoi Vice-Chairman Chu Xuan Dung requested that in case Covid-19 breaks out and poses a high risk of community transmission, Lunar New Year festivals need to be suspended.

He asked relevant units to strengthen to popularize regulations on Covid-19 prevention and control, monitor and update the epidemic situation, and especially remind residents to wear face masks in public spaces.

Thirty-six COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 12 hours to 18:00 on January 31, of which 17 were locally-transmitted, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Meanwhile, on the morning of February 1, 2 new cases, both Hanoian, were also reported, bringing the total number of new infections since January 31 morning to 38.

Meanwhile, 1,457 COVID-19 patients have been given the all-clear. Fatalities remain at 35. Among patients under treatment in hospitals, nine have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, four twice, and three thrice. A total of nearly 27,000 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-affected areas are under quarantine across the country.

Thus, as of 6 am on February 1, in the 6th phase of this COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, outside Hai Duong (188 cases) and Quang Ninh (25 cases), the pandemic has appeared in 7 provinces, all are related to outbreaks in the two above provinces including Hanoi (15), HCMC (1), Hai Phong (1), Hoa Binh (2), Bac Ninh (3), Gia Lai (4), Binh Duong (1).

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