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Ho Chi Minh City suspends Vung Tau-bound express boat services over coronavirus spread

Ho Chi Minh City suspends Vung Tau-bound express boat services over coronavirus spread

Friday, May 21, 2021, 11:14 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City suspends Vung Tau-bound express boat services over coronavirus spread
An express boat operated by GreenlinesDP Technology Company is docked at Bach Dang Wharf in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City authorities have suspended express boat services from District 1 to Can Gio and Vung Tau over recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the southern metropolis.

The route, operated by GreenlinesDP Technology Company, runs from Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 to suburban Can Gio District in Ho Chi Minh City before reaching its final destination of Vung Tau City in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau.

The suspension will be kept in place until the COVID-19 outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City has eased and authorities allow social activities to return to normal.  

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has requested that GreenlinesDP Technology Company inform its passengers of the service suspension.

The department also hailed the express boat operator for properly implementing measures to prevent and control COVID-19 and asked that the firm remain vigilant against the virus.

Ho Chi Minh City has recorded six local coronavirus cases during the current wave of infections. 

This fourth wave, which erupted on April 27, follows a month without any known community transmission in Vietnam.  

The country has so far registered 1,836 domestic infections in 30 provinces and cities during the current wave, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 4,833 local and imported coronavirus cases, including 2,689 recoveries, since the virus first hit Vietnam on January 23, 2020.

The pathogen-related death toll stands at 40, with most having suffered critical pre-existing health problems.

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