A province-wide ban on mobile karaoke services as well as food shipment to quarantine centers has been ordered by the leader of An Giang Province in southern Vietnam after the locale logged five new cases of COVID-19 transmission.
The direction was stated on Tuesday by Nguyen Thanh Binh, chairman of the An Giang People’s Committee, during his visit to COVID-19 prevention facilities, including control posts along the bank of the Binh Di River in Long Binh Town and the quarantine wards at Luong The Vinh High School in An Phu Town.
The fight against COVID-19 in the province is facing considerable threats as volatile developments of the epidemic have been reported in Cambodia, which adjoins An Giang, district-level officials reported during Binh’s visit.
|Officials visit the Binh Di River, a pathway that border jumpers from Cambodia frequently use, in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam, March 2, 2021. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre|
Tran Hoa Hop, chairman of the An Phu District People’s Committee, said the campus of Luong The Vinh High School has been utilized to quarantine those entering the province from Cambodia since reports of the latest outbreak in the neighboring country first arrived on February 20.
“COVID-19 cases were reported in areas of Cambodia that are very close to Long Binh Town, which seriously concerned us as the topography in the border area here is tricky and harboring risks of illegal enttry,” Hop said.
Tu Quoc Tuan, director of the An Giang Department of Health, stated that the agency has required local hospials to prepare for COVID-19 treatment as the number of infected individuals among the Vietnamese diaspora in Cambodia is soaring.
“Our resolution is sending suspicious cases to COVID-19 wards of our district-level hospitals to prevent them from penetrating further into the country,” Tuan said.
|Soldiers at a COVID-19 control post near the Cambodia border of An Giang Province, Vietnam receive gifts from local authorities, March 2, 2021. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre|
Chairman Binh pointed out that the provinces surrounding An Giang have seen imported cases from Cambodia, which calls for stricter patrols to detect illegal entrances via canal networks.
“Quarantine wards must ensure safe distancing between each room and bed. Food from outside must be prohibited,” he underlined.
“Considering its risk of enabling transmission, mobile karaoke must also be banned in the whole province."
|Zoning tape lines are used to ensure safe distance at the quarantine ward in Luong The Vinh High School of An Giang Province, Vietnam, March 2, 2021. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre|
A form of entertainment that thrives off the crowds at street stalls in Vietnam, mobile karaoke is often run by a duo, one of whom will try to catch attention by singing onto a portable loudspeaker while the other will sell snacks to the drinkers or diners.
They also let singing enthusiasts take over the micro at a certain price.
This is not the first time mobile karaoke has been brought up as a pressing issue by Vietnamese authorities.
On Friday, the Ho Chi Minh City government ordered relevant authorities to crack down on mobile karaoke services following complaints about their loudness at night.