In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing

Contrary to the normally bustling scene, streets and tourist sites in Ho Chi Minh City are desolate on the first day of implementing social distancing.
June 01, 2021 | 07:37
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In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

As reported by VTC News, streets in Ho Chi Minh City are not crowded as they always are.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

Independence Palace has shut down to prevent the pandemic.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

The Zoo and Botanical Garden have also closed.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

A few vehicles are seen on Nguyen Binh Khiem street.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

Shopping centers have shut down in compliance with the city’s direction.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

Restaurants only serve takeout.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

A deserted scene at a coffee shop on Han Thuyen street, district 1.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

Nguyen Huu Canh, where traffic jam often takes place, is clear.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

Phan Van Dang street in Thu Duc City is empty.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

The Vista Verde apartment building on Phan Van Dang street has been sealed off after a Covid-19 case was detected here.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

A quiet atmosphere overwhelms Mai Chi Tho street.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: VTC News

Nguyen Thai Son Street in Go Vap District.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

Vo Van Kiet Avenue, an arterial route connecting the city's eastern and western sides which is usually bustling is almost empty.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

The area surrounding Nguyen Hue walking street is also quiet.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

HCMC Opera House and surrounding areas are desolate.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

Although tourist sites have halted operation, the functional forces are still on duty to remind people to comply with the pandemic prevention and control.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

Le Duan street in district 1 has almost no traffic.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

No visitors are seen at the Saigon Central Post Office.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

Turtle lake in district 3, where many youngsters gather to check in and drink coffee, is empty.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

Stone benches have been cordoned off to avert the gatherings.

In Photos: Ho Chi Minh City desolate on the first day of social distancing
Photo: Lao Dong

HCMC is implementing social distancing measures following the government's Directive 16 in Go Vap District and District 12's Thanh Loc Ward. The rest of the city will follow instructions from Directive 15.

This is the second time HCMC, the country's largest city with 13 million residents, imposes citywide social distancing, with the first time in April last year when it followed a national order.

Vietnam's latest Covid-19 wave has seen 4,000 infections over the past month with the outbreak hitting 34 cities and provinces, including 157 confirmed cases in HCMC.

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