New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing

The shopping model is considered unprecedented for almost 9.4 million citizens in the city
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New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
A soldier hands over a food package to a woman in a boarding house area. Photo: VNE

Police, soldiers, and volunteers are dispatched to deliver food bags from stores to each household in HCMC.

The municipal People’s Committee has ordered to stop all direct retailing activities among shop owners and customers starting August 23. Instead, Households on priority group will be given free foods packages delivered to their doorsteps by police and military soldiers. In addition, residents in HCMC can also place orders to their wish and get their food from this special personnel once a week, as reported by Zing News.

The delivery includes needed items such as spices, instant noodles, meat, fish, vegetables, toiletries. Each household can choose bags priced from VND 150,000 – 250,000 (US$ 7-11).

New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
Soldiers and volunteers divide free food into similar packages to provide for people in need in Truong Tho Ward of Thu Duc City. Photo: VNE
New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
Photo: VNE

Nguyen Thi Tra My, a member of the women union of Binh Thanh district’s Ward 25, said the union is expected to buy food on behalf of 300-400 families in the ward every day in the next two weeks of stricter Covid-19 restrictions in Ho Chi Minh City.

The union will send a list of food packages, with each costing less than VND300,000, to each residential area for each family to register. The food comes from supermarkets and will be delivered to each household in the morning.

New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing

A soldier carries a 50-kilo bag of rice. Photo: VNE

New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
Photo: Zing News
New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
A police in Thu Duc city prepares food for the delivery. Photo: Zing News

According to VNE, those on the list to receive free food include people that have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic. The Ministry of National Defense plans to mobilize about 35,000 militiamen and thousands of soldiers from 7th Military Region and 4th Corps, one of the four regular army corps of the People's Army of Vietnam stationed in Binh Duong Province that borders HCMC.

At the same time, more than 2,000 medics and 30 ambulances managed by the military in the north will be sent to HCMC to participate in testing and treating Covid-19 patients.

New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
A team of soldiers wears protective suits to deliver free food to a family under Covid-19 quarantine. Photo: VNE
New Shopping Model in HCMC Amid Social Distancing
Photo: VNE

On Monday, the city commenced a 15-day campaign to tighten coronavirus restrictions, requiring people to "stay where they are," isolating homes from homes, streets from streets and wards from wards.

HCMC has been hit hardest in the ongoing Covid-19 wave that emerged in Vietnam in late April. The city of 13 million including migrants has recorded over 180,200 community infections and at least 6,538 fatalities.
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