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Proposal to extend 'social distancing' in Hanoi for another week

15:09 | 22/04/2020

Due to potential risks of Covid-19 contagion in Hanoi, The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has suggested that the government’s Directive 16 on social distancing should be continued for another week in Hanoi, until the end of this month. 

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Hà Nội residents hang out at Bac Co Flower Garden amid the social distancing period.

Photo by VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết

The proposal was made in a meeting this Wednesday as the committee gathered opinions of ministries and localities to rearrange provinces and cities into three risk categories in order to detail how to continue implementing anti-epidemic measures in the near future, VOV reported.

The high-risk group represents localities that have had cases within their community over the past 14 days. Meanwhile, the risk group covers local cases having infected cases within the community over the past 15 to 28 days, whilst the low-risk group is localities that have had no positive cases reported within their community for 28 days or more.

Accordingly, the capital city is still listed among the high-risk of Covid-19 transmission group while Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh, and Ha Giang are now downscaled to low risk group and the remaining localities are in deems to have risk group.

The committee proposed to prolong the application of social distancing measures for the high-risk group. However, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc allowed Hanoi People’s Committee to decide on the resumption of unessential services and the pavement economy while assertively taking preventive measures, according to VNA.

In low-risk localities, unessential services are allowed to re-open and requested to ensure preventative measures including maintaining a safe distance among people.

The committee also asked localities to pay more attention to vulnerable groups including workers in the informal sectors and students as well as test patients with COVID-19-like symptoms.

The Government will consider the proposal and issue the final decision at meeting on Wednesday afternoon which will be applied from Thursday.

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