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Congestion occurs as Hanoi carries out new pandemic response strategy

Congestion occurs as Hanoi carries out new pandemic response strategy

Monday, September 06, 2021, 17:19 GMT+7
Congestion occurs as Hanoi carries out new pandemic response strategy
Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint on National Highway 32 in Hanoi, Vietnam, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

Serious congestion occurred on many streets in Hanoi on Monday morning as the capital began implementing a new pandemic response strategy, which imposes different levels of social distancing based on the transmission risk level of each area.

From 6:00 am on Monday, all districts in Hanoi are categorized into three zones where social distancing measures are applied differently.

In Zone 1, also referred to as the 'red zone,' all residents must stay where they are as the area faces a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The prime minister’s Directive No. 16, which bans gatherings of more than two in public, is implemented in this zone.

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

The PM’s Directive No. 15, which promulgates more relaxed regulations such as the prohibition of gatherings of over 10 except in hospitals and offices, is enforced in Zone 2 and Zone 3.

In order to restrict travels to and from the 'red zone,' 39 checkpoints have been established along local streets.

However, severe traffic jams occurred at many of these checkpoints on Monday morning.

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters on Vo Nguyen Giap Street in Dong Anh District, many commuters without valid travel passes were forced to turn around.

Residents are required to present the new version of travel passes with QR codes in order to go through these checkpoints.

However, those with the old version were also allowed to go as this is the first day the new regulation has been applied.

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

On Cau Dien Street in Bac Tu Liem District, serious gridlock also happened as all commuters had to undergo administrative inspection at a checkpoint there.

More lanes were opened and more officers were mobilized to examine residents’ documents but the situation did not improve much.

The traffic jam started at 7:00 am and was only alleviated at around 8:30 am.

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

A similar situation was also recorded at the checkpoint at Vinh Tuy Bridge, which connects Hai Ba Trung and Long Bien Districts.

Hanoi has recorded 3,775 local COVID-19 infections since the fourth wave hit the country on April 27.

The capital had imposed strict social distancing regulations in all districts for 45 days before the new strategy was applied on Monday.

Commuters without a valid travel pass are required to turn around at a checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters without a valid travel pass are required to turn around at a checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

Congestion occurs at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Huu Thang / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks documents of commuters in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks travel documents of commuters in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks documents of a car driver in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks travel documents of a car driver in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Officers examine commuters’ travel passes at a checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Officers examine commuters’ travel passes at a checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks documents of commuters in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

An officer checks travel documents of commuters in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Cars line up in front of a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Cars line up in front of a COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A COVID-19 checkpoint in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A travel pass is showed on a smartphone in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A travel pass is showed on a smartphone in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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