Apr 09, 2020 / 22:59

Hanoi’s streets crowded again amid nationwide stay-at-home order in place

The Hanoitimes - Many residents in Hanoi pour into the streets although the national social distancing period is not over yet.

Many streets in Hanoi are packed with people again although the government has ordered shelter in place and banned public gatherings of over two persons outdoor to prevent coronavirus transmission.

The city government has requested local residents to comply with the prime ministerial directive on nationwide social distancing from April 1 to 15 as the city has the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the country.

A considerable number of vehicles are seen in front of a stoplight in Dien Bien Phu – Hoang Dieu crossroads, Ba Dinh district, at 17:25 on April 8.

The intersection of Huynh Thuc Khang – Nguyen Chi Thanh, Ba Dinh district, at rush hour on April 8.

At 17:30, dense traffic on Kim Ma street on April 8.

Lieu Giai street filled with cars on April 8.

The intersection of Quan Thanh – Thanh Nien street, Ba Dinh district at 18:00 on April 8.

Many shops were open again on April 8 with vendors stealthily serving customers. The city’s mayor Nguyen Duc Chung asked the district authorities to strengthen inspection and handling of offenses such as opening of non-essential businesses and those going outdoor without wearing face masks.

Many people were doing exercises around public parks as the parks are closed following the government order to prevent the pandemic. “Those deliberately contravene the Prime Minister’s Directive 16 on social distancing must be strictly handled,” Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said at a meeting on April 9.

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“I’m tired of staying at home for so many days, and taking a walk outdoor is good for my health,” said Tran Thanh Phong, a 60-year-old man in Dang Van Ngu street, Dong Da district, explaining why he went out for exercising.

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