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Aug 18, 2020 / 15:12

Hanoi penalizes people without face masks in public

Wearing face masks can help minimize the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Authorities in Hanoi city have sanctioned a great number of people for defying the face mask regulation, local media reported.

According to local health authorities, wearing face masks can help minimize the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

 Many people are penalized for failing to wear face masks in public. Photo: TK

Hoan Kiem district police have handled 27 cases who did not wear a face mask in public places, fining each VND200,000 (US$8.66).

Besides, the authorities of Hoan Kiem district encourage residents to abide by Covid-19 prevention regulations, including social distancing.

In Bac Tu Liem district, people are taking the face masks regulation seriously. Several people who refused to mask up have been fined.

The Bac Tu Liem Party Secretary Tran The Cuong said the district is enforcing the regulation strongly. On August 17, the district authorities fined 37 cases for failing to wear face masks in public, also with a fine of US$8.66 per person.

Meanwhile, Dong Da district has not sanctioned mask regulation offenders yet. A representative from Dong Da said the district has only asked people to wear face masks, adding that those defying the regulation would be fined.

Talking to local media, Van Phuong, a resident in Dong Ngac ward, Bac Tu Liem district, said he forgot to bring a face mask with him when going out and was fined. “I've learnt from this punishment and hope that everyone will abide by the regulation seriously," Phuong said.

“We are resolute in handling people who do not comply with the face mask regulation,” said Lieutenant Colonel Quach Van Tinh, deputy head of police in Dong Ngac ward, Bac Tu Liem district. On August 17, eight people were fined.

The police also regularly encourage and ask people to wear face masks when going out.

Preventing the Covid-19 pandemic is the responsibility of no particular agency but it needs the support of each citizen by at least wearing a face mask when going to public places, said a representative of Hanoi police.

Hanoi has confirmed 11 Covid-19 cases, all linked with the epicenter of Danang. No death has been reported in the city.