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Da Nang enters strict social distancing period to combat COVID-19

Da Nang enters strict social distancing period to combat COVID-19

Sunday, August 01, 2021, 13:02 GMT+7
Da Nang enters strict social distancing period to combat COVID-19
The promenade along Bach Dang Street is completely empty after social distancing measures were implemented in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang began reinstating extensive social distancing measures from 6:00 pm on Saturday to cope with the rising number of local COVID-19 transmissions.

In a decision signed on Friday, secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Quang stated that the central Vietnamese city will follow the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 but with even stricter measures.

All business operations with low priority, including takeaway services, and public transport are suspended.

Officers establish a checkpoint on a street in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Officers establish a checkpoint on a street in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Local residents are required to stay indoors and are only allowed to go outside for food, medicine, emergency medical services, or work at state agencies or in essential sectors.

People who go outside must present documents proving their appropriate reasons upon request by police officers.

An officer checks documents of a commuter in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks documents of a commuter in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters on Saturday evening, police units had established many checkpoints to make sure all citizens complied pandemic prevention and control regulations.

Officers stated they only issued warnings on the first day of social distancing.

Many streets in the city were quiet and nearly empty, and only people who had just left work or those who went out for supplies were spotted.

Few vehicles travel on Tran Hung Dao Street in Son Tra District, Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Few vehicles travel on Tran Hung Dao Street in Son Tra District, Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam had documented 150,060 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning, with 38,734 recoveries and 1,306 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has recorded 146,249 local infections in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities, including 938 cases in Da Nang, since the fourth wave began on April 27.

A checkpoint is set up in front of the iconic Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A checkpoint is set up in front of the iconic Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Linh Street in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Linh Street in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Officers pull over commuters for inspection along a street in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Officers pull over commuters for inspection along a street in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Police arrest a man for drug-related crime during their patrol in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Police arrest a man for drug-related crime during their patrol in Da Nang, July 31, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

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