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Ho Chi Minh City suspends all public buses for two weeks

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12:10 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City suspends all public buses for two weeks
A No. 14 bus picks up passengers at a bus stop at Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City will suspend all public buses in the city for 14 days to help combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

The suspension, which was approved by the city’s chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong as per a proposal by the municipal Department of Transport, will take effect on Wednesday, April 1, and last until April 15.

The measure is considered necessary and practical as Ho Chi Minh City joins the nation in entering two critical weeks in the fight against COVID-19.

More than 3,000 public buses are currently operating on over 200 routes in the southern metropolis, according to the transport department.

The city has already suspended 54 bus routes, as well as banning all intercity buses, since Saturday.

Vietnam has confirmed 204 cases of novel coronavirus infection so far, with 55 having walked out of the hospital free of the virus as of Monday.

Ho Chi Minh City has reported 47 cases, ten of whom have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

Globally, the virus has infected more than 784,000 people, with over 37,700 fatalities registered, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health’s statistics.

Over 164,700 cases have recovered worldwide.

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