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Ho Chi Minh city imposes social distancing from May 31

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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May 31, 2021 | 07:34

Ho Chi Minh City will apply social distancing within 2 weeks for Go Vap district and a ward in District 12, while the rest of the city will be locked down according to the prime minister's Directive 15.

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Ho Chi Minh city imposes social distancing from May 31
Ho Chi Minh City's parks and gardens deserted amid the pandemic. (Photo: VN Express)

From 0 am on May 31, Ho Chi Minh city will apply social throughout the city for 15 days. The decision was made by Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee at an urgent meeting with the city's Steering Committee for Covid-19 prevention and control on May 30.

The decision was based on a proposal of Nguyen Tan Binh, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, who suggested implement a blockade according to Directive 16 in Go Vap District and District 12, stop all other unnecessary activities and gathering of more than 20 people, stop all religious activities, close all shops and supermarkets, except for essential ones; probit gathering in public of more than 5 people, encourage working online, require strict compliance with 5K message.

Speaking at the meeting, Truong Hoa Binh, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister of the Government agreed with the decision made by Ho Chi Minh city's leaders in implementing social distancing in the area. He asked city leaders to urgently trace potential cases in the community, especially those related to the Revival Ekklesia Mission.

Ho Chi Minh city imposes social distancing from May 31
Food shop hangs a sign saying "Take-away only". (Photo: VN Express)

In addition, Binh asked the city to ensure production activities at factories and enterprises at the same time with ensuring strict pandemic prevention and control procedures. In addition, Ho Chi Minh City also needs to have a backup plan to ensure the quality of people's lives.

So far in the fourth Covid-19 wave that started in Vietnam a month ago, HCMC has recorded 44 cases confirmed by the health ministry.

It is forecasted Covid-19 infection cases linking to the religious mission may increase in the upcoming time because all of the mission’s members have not been declared. City authorities recommended that those related to this religious mission should declare their health to local administrations because the risk of infection is very high.

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Valerie Mai