There will be no fireworks displays in Da Nang and Quang Ninh on this year’s Reunification Day (April 30) as the central city and northern province’s authorities followed Ho Chi Minh City to call off the pyrotechnic performances over COVID-19 fears.
The cancellations were announced on Monday afternoon.
Given the recent strong outbreaks in neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the medical authorities and the Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control of Da Nang feared that the risk of a resurgence in Vietnam remains high.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 vaccination program in Vietnam is still in the evaluation phase.
Therefore, the Da Nang medical authorities decided it would be better to stay extremely cautious.
Da Nang has received repatriated Vietnamese citizens, of which 47 tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are being treated at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases.
At the same time, the municipal police have broken two rings of illegal entry organizers, according to Major General Vu Xuan Vien, director of the Da Nang Department of Public Security.
Likewise, Quang Ninh authorities agreed that it is better safe than sorry.
All polytechnic displays that were previously planned for Ha Long City, Cam Pha City, and Dong Trieu Town to celebrate Reunification Day have thus been scrapped.
The funds from the planned fireworks will be used for the purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies for disease prevention and control.
From April 30 to May 23, the whole province will also temporarily stop organizing tourism stimulus events or reduce their scale to ensure safety.
Quang Ninh has reported no local cases of COVID-19 from February 9 to date, according to the provincial Department of Health.
The province has so far vaccinated nearly 5,000 people.
Before Da Nang and Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City was the first locality in Vietnam to announce the fireworks cancelation on Monday.
Vietnam has recorded 2,852 COVID-19 cases, with 2,516 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths as of Tuesday morning.