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Hanoi residents visit parks, recreational areas despite closures for COVID-19 prevention

Hanoi residents visit parks, recreational areas despite closures for COVID-19 prevention

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 14:17 GMT+7
Hanoi residents visit parks, recreational areas despite closures for COVID-19 prevention
People walk near Ngoc Khanh Lake in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

Many people in Hanoi are still visiting parks, gardens, and other recreational areas despite such sites being closed for the past three weeks to prevent COVID-19 contagion.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi issued a ban on exercise, sports activities, and mass gatheringts in public areas, gardens, and parks on May 5.

The prohibition will remain in force until further notice from the municipal authorities as the capital city is struggling with soaring coronavirus infections.

Hanoi has recorded 344 local COVID-19 cases between April 27, which marked the beginning of the fourth infection wave, and Thursday morning.

During this one month, 3,052 community-based infections have been detected nationwide, raising the country’s tally to 6,111 patients, with 2,853 recoveries and 45 virus-related deaths.

Despite the rising numbers, Wednesday still saw many residents visiting prohibited areas.

Ignoring the notifications posted at entrances, visitors entered Tuoi Tre Park, Thong Nhat Park, and Thien Quang Lake in Hai Ba Trung District, as well as Ngoc Khanh Lake in Ba Dinh District, with many of them not wearing face masks as required.

“I know it is banned, but I can't stand staying at home anymore," said Tuyen, a resident living near Tuoi Tre Park.

"I need some fresh air."

Other residents did not seem to understand such a need.

“It’s unacceptable that people still go to Thien Quang Lake to exercise although local authorities have issued a ban,” said Le Thu Huong, 51, another resident in the same district. 

“The pandemic could break out at any time. 

"I don’t even go for a walk in the park even though my house is right next to it.” 

People walk on the sidewalk near the National Convention Center in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk near the National Convention Center in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk near Thien Quang Lake in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk near Thien Quang Lake in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk near the National Convention Center in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk near the National Convention Center in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk inside Tuoi Tre Park in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk inside Tuoi Tre Park in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People visit Hang Dau Garden in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People visit Hang Dau Garden in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk inside Tuoi Tre Park in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk inside Tuoi Tre Park in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk outside Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

People walk on the sidewalk outside Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi, May 26, 2021. Photo: Q.T. / Tuoi Tre

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