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Ho Chi Minh City may place new outdoor travel restrictions to stall COVID-19 transmission

Ho Chi Minh City may place new outdoor travel restrictions to stall COVID-19 transmission

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 16:53 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City may place new outdoor travel restrictions to stall COVID-19 transmission
This supplied photo shows Phan Van Mai, standing deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, at a meeting held on July 25, 2021.

The Ho Chi Minh City administration will set out time frames for residents to go out during the one-week extension of the city’s social distancing measures amid rising COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, authorities will issue a regulation on those who are allowed to work outside their homes, what they are permitted to do, and when they can travel outdoors, during the extension, Phan Van Mai, standing deputy secretary of the municipal Party Committee, said at a meeting held on Sunday on the COVID-19 fight.

“For example, there may be a stipulation on what are prohibited in public places after 6:00 pm every day,” Mai said.

On July 23, along with its decision to extend social distancing measures from Saturday until August 1, the municipal administration also decided to tighten restrictions.

Such restrictions will be applied along with other epidemic control rules under the prime minister’s Directive 16, including a stay-home order, a ban on gatherings larger than two people, and the suspension of public transport.

Accordingly, locals are completely prohibited from going out, except for seeking medical treatment and buying food at designated points.

In high-risk areas, all households must not go out for food purchase as the local government will supply necessities to each of them.

People in quarantine facilities must strictly follow relevant regulations and must not leave their rooms or have direct contact with others, except for emergencies.

COVID-19 patients or their direct contacts who are placed in home quarantine must not leave their places, unless in emergencies, and local authorities will provide essential items directly to their home.

“These social distancing measures must be strictly obeyed until August 1, but they may be applied for two weeks to ensure the efficiency of the steps taken so we can curb the virus spread,” Mai said.

Ho Chi Minh City has spent 55 days implementing social distancing at various levels since May 31 but the Delta variant proves too stubborn, said the Party official.

He blamed residents for not strictly adhering to guidelines and government agencies for failing to closely monitor the measures taken.

Everything should be rectified or the situation will get worse, Mai warned, requesting that everybody and every agency strictly comply with epidemic prevention and control regulations.

By Sunday afternoon, Vietnam had confirmed 3,979 new coronavirus infections, of which 2,328 were detected in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of Health reported.

The latest cases have taken the national caseload to 94,913 patients, including 17,583 recoveries, as recorded since early 2020.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave erupted in the country, the city has documented nearly 58,200 transmissions, accounting for 64 percent of the national tally of 91,165 cases.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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