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Jul 31, 2020 / 23:19

Hanoi shuts bars, karaoke parlors again from August 1

Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Dak Lak have re-instated social distancing orders amid new Covid-19 developments.

The Hanoi city government has requested all bars, pubs and karaoke parlors to close and customers at restaurants and supermarkets to keep a safe distance, effective from August 1 amid the quick Covid-19 resurgence in Hanoi and several other localities.

Chairman of the Hanoi’s People Committee Nguyen Duc Chung presides over a meeting on July 31 to discuss measures to curb Covid-19. Photo: Kinh te & Do thi

All street food stands and restaurants as well as sidewalk vendors need to stop operating, Chairman of the Hanoi’s People Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said at the Hanoi Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control late on Friday.

This order was also made in Hanoi in March and April when the city struggled to wipe out the novel coronavirus.

According to statistics from the municipal Health Department, as many as 53,768 people have returned to Hanoi after visiting Danang since July 8.

The city conducted rapid tests on 18,459 people out of the total returnees, and 10 cases have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. However, just two of the ten have been confirmed positive with the virus based on PCR test.

The Ho Chi Minh City government on July 30 also ordered bars, pubs, karaoke parlors and crowded events to temporarily shut down from July 31 until further notice.

Both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the two largest cities in Vietnam, have confirmed two new Covid-19 infections since the second wave hit Vietnam last weekend.

They have asked their people to take preventive measures such as wearing face masks in public places or on public transport, washing hands with soap or sanitizer, and keeping a safe distance in social interactions.

Beach city Danang has also imposed social distancing orders in the entire city after locally-transmitted infections were detected there

Phu Yen and Quang Nam provinces temporarily shut down tourist attractions from July 29. The Hoi An ancient town has closed to tourists.

As of July 31, Vietnam has reported 93 community-acquired cases, all traced back to Danang, since the confirmation of the first case on July 25, after having gone 99 days without a documented local transmission. 

So far, sources of the local infections remain unclear but all the new cases are linked to some hospitals in Danang.