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Vietnam: Halt all inter-provincial buses starting from 28/3 due to Covid-19

16:58 | 27/03/2020

All inter-provincial buses from Ho Chi Minh City to other adjacent localities will be halted from March 28. The city also decided to cut off a half of coach bus trips in a move to limit the rise of Covid-19 infection in the area. 

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The Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City has proposed to the Municipal People’s Committee to temporarily stop inter-provincial buses from the metropolis to Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An, Tien Giang, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces until April 5.

Accordingly, HCMC will halt 54 bus routes, including 27 inter-provincial routes, nine urban area routes and 18 other routes with few passengers.

For available routes, buses should carry less than 20 passengers and not exceed 50% of the vehicle’ designed capacity. Buses are encouraged to open doors, limit turning on the air-conditioner, or the temperature therein must be set above 26 degrees Celsius.

For available bus tours, there must be under 20 passengers per route and not exceed 50% of the vehicle’s capacity. All passengers must wear masks and complete health declaration.

Before the pandemic, it was carrying around 900 passengers daily.

The city operates public buses on 132 routes and there are 251,000 passengers every day on average. Another 5,800 inter-provincial buses also run every day carrying 85,000 passengers.

The footstep was made following the recent requirement of the city’s ruling body on closing down all non-essential businesses across the city including cinemas, clubs, bars, massage parlors and karaoke lounges since the virus outbreak until March 31 to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Vietnam has confirmed 153 Covid-19 cases so far, including 40 in HCMC, with most of the active ones those who'd returned from Europe and the U.S. and people who'd come into close contact with them.

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