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Ho Chi Minh City issues advisory to control COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020, 17:46 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City issues advisory to control COVID-19
Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong wears a face mask in a meeting amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: Thao Le / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City administration is printing out five million leaflets, each containing ways to suppress the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic, to be distributed to every household soon.

The leaflets’ design has been completed and their printing is underway, Tu Luong, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday afternoon.

Local authorities will try their best to deliver them to every household in the soonest time, as part of Vietnam’s ongoing efforts to keep COVID-19 cases under 1,000 in the next two weeks. The country has confirmed 153 cases to date, 20 having fully recovered.

Those staying in the city should follow the ensuing recommendations to stay safe and help curb the virus spread:

* Halt meetings and events attended by more than 20 people in a room and do not assemble in groups of ten people or more outside public offices, schools, and hospitals.

* Completely stop religious rituals and activities joined by 20 people or more at places of worship and cease all cultural, sporting, and recreational events at public venues.

* Do not leave the house unless under truly necessary circumstances. People aged over 60 should absolutely stay home.

* Wear face masks in public and at work. Do not be in contact with or interact with people who are not wearing face masks.

* Be aware of COVID-19 prevention and keep a distance of at least two meters from others to avoid infection. Wash hands frequently with soap or antiseptic solutions, combined with adding more nutrients to daily meals and exercising to stay healthy.

* Houses, apartment buildings, towers, and offices should switch from air conditioners to fans and keep windows open for fresh air. Air conditioners, when in need, should be turned down to 27 degrees Celsius. Regularly clean houses, workplaces, tables and chairs, and personal items with soap or antiseptic solutions.  

* Service facilities must be closed, except for petrol stations, pharmacies, supermarkets, necessities stores, and clinics and hospitals.

* Companies and organizations that have offices in towers or apartment buildings should adopt teleworking. Working rooms should house no more than 10 people each; employees should ensure a minimum distance of two meters and take protective measures at work.

* Do not share or spread fake news. Citizens should get updated information from the government portals and media channels of Ho Chi Minh City. Anyone sharing or spreading fake news will be heavily punished.

* Keep doing business if it does not fall under the categories banned by the central government. Online shopping is highly recommended.

* Strictly abide by the regulation on 14-day quarantine. Do not discriminate against quarantined people.

* On March 28, Ho Chi Minh City authorities will begin fining those:

- Not wearing face masks in public

- Disobeying quarantine orders by the authorities

- Selling surgical face masks without permission

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