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Hanoi brings back COVID-19 barriers as cases surge

Hanoi brings back COVID-19 barriers as cases surge

Monday, December 06, 2021, 11:38 GMT+7
Hanoi brings back COVID-19 barriers as cases surge
A COVID-19 checkpoint on Yet Kieu Street in Nguyen Du Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Barriers were erected on many alleys and streets across Hanoi to zone off areas at high risk of COVID-19 transmission on Sunday afternoon after the Ministry of Health had added 455 new infections to the city’s daily count the previous day.

It has been over two months since such barriers were last seen in the Vietnamese capital.

Hanoi had imposed strict social distancing regulations in all districts during July and August, when district- and ward-level authorities set up checkpoints and barricades on streets and alleys in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The authorities gradually removed the blockades in the second half of September, when social distancing regulations were downgraded in line with a drop in daily infection cases.

Hanoi has documented more than 13,000 COVID-19 infections since the fourth virus wave hit Vietnam on April 27.

The capital logged 791, 455, and 400 cases on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.

Friday also saw the city’s highest daily count since the beginning of the fourth wave, raising the alarm about new complications in the development of the pandemic.

Over 6.6 million out of eight million people of the city have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, with more than 5.5 million of them fully vaccinated, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.

Below are photos of barriers brought back to streets and alleys across Hanoi on Sunday afternoon taken by the Vietnam News Agency:

Two men exchange items over a fence on Do Hanh Street in Nguyen Du Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Two men exchange items over a fence on Do Hanh Street in Nguyen Du Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A functional force member checks a commuter for a health declaration on a smartphone at a COVID-19 checkpoint near Nguyen Cong Tru Market in Pho Hue Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A functional force member checks a commuter for a health declaration on a smartphone at a COVID-19 checkpoint near Nguyen Cong Tru Market in Pho Hue Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A COVID-19 checkpoint is shown on Kham Duc Street in Trung Phung Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A COVID-19 checkpoint is shown on Kham Duc Street in Trung Phung Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Commuters pass a COVID-19 checkpoint near Nguyen Cong Tru Market in Pho Hue Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Commuters pass a COVID-19 checkpoint near Nguyen Cong Tru Market in Pho Hue Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, December 5, 2021. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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