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Thai retail store Big C in Vietnam’s capital suspended for coronavirus-associated disinfection

Thai retail store Big C in Vietnam’s capital suspended for coronavirus-associated disinfection

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 15:47 GMT+7
Thai retail store Big C in Vietnam’s capital suspended for coronavirus-associated disinfection
This image shows the Big C Thang Long supermarket in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District. Photo: Nguyen Doan / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi authorities on Monday night temporarily shut down the Big C Thang Long supermarket for coronavirus-linked disinfection after the visit of a COVID-19 patient two days earlier.

In its document issued on Monday, the supermarket, part of a grocery store chain owned by Thailand’s retail giant Central Group, said it would temporarily close for disinfection to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to follow the direction of local authorities.

Along with the closure for sterilization, health authorities also extracted the facility’s security cameras for tracking contact between the patient and others.

The establishment, which is located in Cau Giay District, coordinated with concerned agencies to trace the patient’s contacts at the supermarket, Ha said.

This image shows Big C Thang Long’s notice that informs the supermarket’s temporary closure for coronavirus disinfection and extends apologies to its customers for the suspension on May 24, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Doan / Tuoi Tre

This image shows Big C Thang Long’s notice that announces the supermarket’s temporary closure for coronavirus disinfection and extends apologies to its customers for the suspension on May 24, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Doan / Tuoi Tre

Do Thi Thu Ha, director of the district’s medical center, confirmed late Monday that a coronavirus patient came to the supermarket for shopping on May 22.

Once identified, all contacts of the patient will be notified and contacted for testing and quarantine, Ha said.

The local health authorities also rejected earlier rumors that “Big C Thang Long will be shut down because of a COVID-19 case," saying it is untrue.

“There is no closure of Big C Thang Long," Ha said.

"Tomorrow, the supermarket will still be open for normal operations.

"In the immediate future, we only need to extract the cameras to see who the patient has been in contact with so that the tracing process may take place quickly."

Ha also rejected the information spread on social media that “an Indian man has vomited blood and fainted in the supermarket,” declaring it a rumor.

A health worker is seen spraying chemicals to disinfect the front area of the Big C Thang Long in Cau Giay District, Hanoi on May 24, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Doan / Tuoi Tre

A health worker is seen spraying chemicals to disinfect the front area of the Big C Thang Long in Cau Giay District, Hanoi on May 24, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Doan / Tuoi Tre

Amid the coronavirus spread in the city, Hanoi authorities have decided to shut down all dine-in services, barbershops, and hair salons from 12:00 pm on Tuesday.

At noon on Tuesday, the country confirmed 100 domestic COVID-19 cases, raising the country’s tally to 5,561, with 2,794 recoveries and 44 deaths.

Of the new infections, Bac Giang Province accounted for 87, Hanoi eight, Da Nang two, and one each in Thai Binh Province, Ho Chi Minh City, and Dien Bien Province.

To date, the Vietnamese capital has documented 585 cumulative patients, of whom 280 have recovered and five died, the health ministry reported.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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