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Vietnam's two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased

08:13 | 25/04/2020

Everyday life across Vietnam is gradually brought back to normal as the nation eases social distancing order Thursday. People start flocking down the streets, going for an exercising walk while restaurants resume their business, etc., returning Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City the normal vibrant pace. 

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Shop owners happy to be back after social distancing (Video: VNS)

Hanoi, northern Vietnam

Hanoi, with the highest number of coronavirus cases, partly reopens the economy with the operations of non-essential services, restaurants and cafés, but low-cost sidewalk cafés are asked to stay shut. Transport is partly back to normality with the permission of taxi and ride-hailing services but with only 20-30% of the total capacity, Hanoi Times reported.

With a couple of areas like the districts of Thuong Tin and Me Linh still deemed "high-risk" of infection, Hanoi will have more restrictions in place than Ho Chi Minh City. Stringent social distancing measures will still fully be applied to those districts, VNE reported.

vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Vehicle density on streets is rising gradually as people are returning to work (Photo: Nhan Dan Online)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
(Photo: Nhan Dan Online)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Almost all people choose to wear face mask while circcirculating. Photo: Nhan Dan Online)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
A woman riding her motorbike under the rain - the influence of southwest monsoon (Photo: Nhan Dan Online)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased

A security officer wandering around the street to remind people to wear face masks, stay at a safe distance, and sanitize hands before entering public places (Photo: iOne net)

vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
A clothing store in Hang Dao street, Hoang Kiem (Photo: iOne net)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
A waiter is cleaning the table in a coffee house in Dinh Liet, Hoan Kiem district, ready to serve (Photo: iOne net)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Many Pho restaurants serve a large number of customers on the first day of reopening (Photo: iOne net)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Line of bread shops reopen(Photo: iOne net)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Two men checking in at a Pho vendor, "celebrating" first day after social distancing (Photo: iOne net)

Ho Chi Minh city, southern Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, the city without new cases over the past 20 days, has gradually removed social distancing and allowed most of non-essential services to be back to operations.

vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
The vibrant life pace is living again in Sai Gon with hon-honking motorists lining up the streets., yet there's no congestion as not all activities are returned to normal (Photo: Thanh Nien)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Ms. Thanh, who's been serving bread in District 3 for 17 years now, eagerly welcomes her first customers after three-week off. "I'm so excited seeing people return to work. Some acquaintances keep coming here asking about my whereabouts in the past 20 days, so great", Thanh told Thanh Nien (Photo: Thanh Nien)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Sai Gon old people doing morning exercise in a green park (Photo: Thanh Nien)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
All wear face masks while exercising (Photo: Thanh Nien)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
A food stall resume its business (Photo: Thanh Nien)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
Having a cup of fav coffee in the company of confidants, talking about life makes the experience more enjoyable (Photo: Thanh Nien)
vietnams two biggest cities regain composure as social distancing eased
This coffee house has taken down the "take-away" sign. Tables are lined outside since 6 am, some regulars already ordered their favorite drink early in the morning. (Photo: Thanh Nien)

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