A month-long social distancing period mandated as part of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) control measures has concluded in Vietnam’s Hoi An City, home to the famous Hoi An Ancient Town.
Extensive social distancing measures were removed at 6:00 am on Friday, following a decision signed by the People’s Committee in central Quang Nam Province, which administers Hoi An City.
Social distancing was also eased in Duy Xuyen District and Dien Ban Town in Quang Nam Province that same day.
Local authorities and residents are still required to follow certain measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The social distancing period in Hoi An City previously began at 0:00 on July 31.
All residents in the city were asked to stay at home and only go outside when they need to buy food, supplies, medicine, and other necessities.
Wearing face masks and keeping a two-meter distance from one another in public were mandated.
Gatherings of more than two people in public places were prohibited.
Authorities in the city also had to suspend educational and training activities, cultural and sports events, festivals, contests, tourist attractions, historical and cultural relics, and tourist activities at local beaches, as well as halting all public passenger transport services.
Vietnam has documented 1,036 COVID-19 patients, with 637 recoveries and 30 deaths as of Friday afternoon.
Vietnam has confirmed 548 domestic infections since July 25, when Da Nang detected the first local case after the Southeast Asian country had gone 99 days without any community transmission.
During this second wave, Quang Nam Province has been Vietnam's second-largest epicenter with 97 infections logged since July 25, after Da Nang with 386 cases.
Hoi An recorded the highest number of infections in the province, while many residential areas in the city were fenced off to prevent the spread of the disease.