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Hundreds of alleys clear as Ho Chi Minh City removes COVID-19 barricades

Hundreds of alleys clear as Ho Chi Minh City removes COVID-19 barricades

Monday, September 27, 2021, 12:04 GMT+7
Hundreds of alleys clear as Ho Chi Minh City removes COVID-19 barricades
An alley is cleared of barricades on Phan Van Tri Street in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Functional forces have removed COVID-19 barricades from hundreds of alleys across Ho Chi Minh City after the municipal authorities announced the change on the weekend.

The city is expected to remove all COVID-19 checkpoints and barricades along local streets and alleys by September 30, Tran Hoang Ngan – head of the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Development Studies – said at an online seminar on Saturday, recounting several points of a meeting a day earlier.

However, the checkpoints at the city’s entrances will remain in operation to ensure safety for the key southern economic region in general, he added.

Following the announcement, iron wires, tables, and chairs has no longer obstructed people going in and out of many alleys in the city as of Monday morning.

In a number of alleys, local residents assigned one another to inspect visitors and coming delivery workers.

“Although movement restriction remains, seeing the entrance to our alley clear of barricades makes me feel relieved,” said Hien, a resident of an alley on Phan Van Tri Street in Binh Thanh District. 

An alley is cleared of barricades on No Trang Long Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on No Trang Long Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Barricades have caused stress and emotional exhaustion to many people in Ho Chi Minh City over the past few months, according to Pham Thi Thuy, a psychotherapist.

In addition, barricades make the city esthetically ugly, according to the expert.

“In all aspects, the existing barricades have a certain impact on people’s lives, so they should be removed as soon as possible,” said Thuy.

Ho Chi Minh City has recorded more than 371,000 local COVID-19 cases, with over 14,000 deaths, since the fourth wave started in the country on April 27, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The city has implemented social distancing measures at various levels since May 31 and is looking to gradually carry out economic recovery plans in ‘new normal’ conditions.

An alley is cleared of barricades on Phan Van Tri Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Phan Van Tri Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Phan Van Tri Street in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Phan Van Tri Street in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Scaffolding replaces barricades at the entrance to an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Scaffolding replaces barricades at the entrance to an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A mobile barricade is left at the entrance to an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A mobile barricade is left at the entrance to an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A table replaces barricades at the entrance to an alley on Do Xuan Hop Street in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A table replaces barricades at the entrance to an alley on Do Xuan Hop Street in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Tran Quy Cap Street is cleared of barricades in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Tran Quy Cap Street is cleared of barricades in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Do Xuan Hop Street in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An alley is cleared of barricades on Do Xuan Hop Street in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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