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Central Highlands’ Buon Ma Thuot City enters social distancing as virus spreads in Vietnam

Monday, August 03, 2020, 15:27 GMT+7
Central Highlands’ Buon Ma Thuot City enters social distancing as virus spreads in Vietnam
A street is sealed off with barricade tape in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam, August 2, 2020. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Dak Lak Province in Vietnam’s Centra Highlands has reinstated enhanced social distancing rules across its entire capital city of Buon Ma Thuot from Monday after three COVID-19 patients were documented there.

The enhanced social distancing regulations have to be practiced from 0:00 Monday until the end of August 16 in accordance with the prime minister’s directive No. 16 issued on March 31.

Accordingly, citizens are requested to stay home and only go out under absolutely necessary circumstances, and maintain a minimum distance of two meters in social interaction.

Gatherings of more than two people outside public offices, schools, hospitals, and in public spaces in general are banned while all non-essential businesses must be shuttered.

From Sunday afternoon, authorities in Buon Ma Thuot City have also sealed off several streets where two COVID-19 patients stayed or had been to.

The blocked roads include Hoang Dieu Street, an alley on Ama Khe Street, an alley on Nguyen Van Cu Street, and a section of National Highway 14 passing through Hoa Thuan Commune in the city.

A woman from Ho Chi Minh City visited some relatives’ houses on these streets before being diagnosed with the disease on Sunday evening and identified as Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 601.

She came into contact with at least 114 people in Buon Ma Thuot City, according to Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.

Volunteers provide necessities for a COVID-19 quarantine center in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam, August 2, 2020. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Volunteers provide necessities for a COVID-19 quarantine center in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam, August 2, 2020. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, patient No. 602 — a relative of patient No. 601 — lives in a house at No. 101 on National Highway 14 passing through Hoa Thuan Commune.

Both patients recently attended a wedding party in the central city of Da Nang, Vietnam’s current outbreak epicenter where 174 community-based infection cases since July 25 can be traced to.

Previously, a woman returning to Buon Ma Thuot from Da Nang was confirmed as patient No. 448 on July 29.

On Sunday afternoon, the People’s Committee of Buon Ma Thuot established a quarantine center with a capacity of 100 people at a middle school on Phan Boi Chau Street.

Earlier, the provincial administration had also put three other quarantine zones in the city into operation.

Before Buon Ma Thuot, the central cities of Da Nang and Hoi An also imposed enhanced social distancing measures from July 28 and 31, respectively, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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