HCMC allows discotheques, bars, karaoke parlors to reopen

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee allowed discotheques, bars, karaoke parlors to resume their operations starting March 19 after over one month of shutting down to prevent the Covid-19 spread.
March 22, 2021 | 13:00
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Nevertheless, these business establishments must comply with the pandemic prevention measures in accordance with the Health Ministry’s regulations such as wearing masks, disinfecting, washing hands with sanitizers, making health declarations, etc.

To realize the "dual goal" of controlling the pandemic and developing the economy, the Municipal People’s Committee also required the localities to continue sternly implementing regulations on Covid-19 prevention and control.

The Southern Metropolis closed all non-essential services on February 9 after detecting a series of community transmissions linked to a cluster at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The city has reported 36 community transmission cases since the third wave of Covid-19 swept through the country on January 28.

The city has gone 35 days without any fresh Covid-19 cases.

As of 6 pm on March 19, Vietnam logged 2,571 Covid-19 cases, including 1,601 domestically-transmitted infections and 908 recorded since the nation’s latest pandemic outbreak.

The number of recoveries now stands at 2,198, whilst the deaths remain at 35.

Among the active patients, 37 have tested negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, 18 twice, and 63 thrice.

As many as 37,878 people who came into close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit areas are under medical monitoring nationwide.

Since Vietnam launches the inoculation campaign on March 8, nearly 31,000 front-liners have been administered the vaccine.

The prioritized groups include medical workers directly treating Covid-19 patients, those involve in taking samples, testing, contact tracing, members of Covid-19 community groups, and members of the Steering Committees for disease prevention and control.

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