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Vietnam’s Da Nang staggers market-going amidst rapid COVID-19 spread

Vietnam’s Da Nang staggers market-going amidst rapid COVID-19 spread

Monday, May 10, 2021, 15:49 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Da Nang staggers market-going amidst rapid COVID-19 spread
A resident buys food at Dong Da Market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang authorities began restricting the number of people to local traditional markets on Sunday due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

To control the number of visitors to local markets, relevant agencies have provided each household with ‘market admission tickets,’ which must be presented whenever a resident enters a market in the tourist city.

Market-goers are required to write down basic information on the tickets, including the name of the household’s representative, address, and telephone number.

Each household is only allowed to use a ‘market admission ticket’ once every three days.

The tickets are color-coded, with pink granting the holder access on even days and blue for odd days.

Merchants are in charge of reminding their customers to keep a two-meter distance from each other and wear a face mask while shopping.

A checkpoint is established at the entrance of a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A checkpoint is established at the entrance of a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The plan is expected to be executed for 15 days from Sunday, a representative from the municipal Department of Industry and Trade said.

Following this period, authorities will decide whether to extend the regulation based on the pandemic situation.

This approach was implemented in August last year, when Da Nang was a major COVID-19 epicenter during the second wave of infections in the country.

A resident fills in personal information on an ‘admission ticket’ before entering a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A resident fills in personal information on an ‘admission ticket’ before entering a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, many markets in the central city were significantly less crowded than before on Sunday.

Checkpoints were established at all entrances to collect ‘admission tickets,’ measure visitors’ body temperature, and remind them to wear face masks and sanitize their hands.

A woman has her body temperature measured before entering a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A woman has her body temperature measured before entering a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has documented 3,444 COVID-19 cases as of Monday afternoon, with 2,602 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has recorded 442 local COVID-19 infections since April 27, of which 49 were registered in Da Nang.

A woman sanitizes her hands before entering a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A woman sanitizes her hands before entering a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A market in Da Nang City, Vietnam is much less crowded on May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A market in Da Nang City, Vietnam was much less crowded on May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A market in Da Nang City, Vietnam is much less crowded on May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A market in Da Nang City, Vietnam was much less crowded on May 9, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Merchants wear face masks at a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Merchants wear face masks at a market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

People buy food at Dong Da Market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

People buy food at Dong Da Market in Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 9, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

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