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Localities restrict travel from Ho Chi Minh City to curb COVID-19

Localities restrict travel from Ho Chi Minh City to curb COVID-19

Monday, May 31, 2021, 15:55 GMT+7
Localities restrict travel from Ho Chi Minh City to curb COVID-19
A COVID-19 checkpoint at a gateway to Can Tho City, Vietnam, May 30, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Han / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in multiple Vietnamese provinces and cities have decided to impose travel restrictions on vehicles coming from Ho Chi Minh City and other COVID-19-hit areas in general.

In the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, the municipal Department of Transport has suspended passenger transport activities between Can Tho and 31 localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, from 0:00 on Monday.

Passenger transport to other localities is allowed to continue but the number of people on each vehicle must not exceed 50 percent of its capacity.

The Can Tho Center for Disease Control has required all arrivals from 40 locations in 15 districts of Ho Chi Minh City to undergo quarantine and get tested for COVID-19.

Passenger buses from Ho Chi Minh City have been banned from entering Da Lat, a popular tourist city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Provincial authorities have established five coronavirus checkpoints to medically inspect all arrivals.

A total of 109 people who came into direct contact with a COVID-19 patient in Ho Chi Minh City are being quarantined in Lam Dong.

About 150 indirect contacts are also undergoing home quarantine.

All of them have so far tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

Strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures have been applied at Lien Khuong Airport, with all arrivals from virus-hit areas required to undergo mandatory quarantine.

The Lam Dong People’s Committee said it is exerting all efforts to keep the virus away.

In the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, all vehicles coming from pathogen-hit areas, including Ho Chi Minh City, have been asked to turn around.

Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu have also suspended all buses between the province and Ho Chi Minh City from 6:00 pm on Sunday.

Similar travel restrictions had also been implemented in such localities as south-central Binh Dinh Province and Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long by the end of Sunday.

Vietnam has documented 7,236 COVID-19 cases as of Monday afternoon, with 2,950 recoveries and 47 deaths.

The country has recorded 4,164 local infections in 34 provinces and cities since the fourth wave of transmissions began on April 27.

Ho Chi Minh City has so far detected 157 cases in this bout.

The metropolis began applying social distancing measures at 0:00 on Monday.

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