Hanoi district suspends on-site dining as Covid cases surge

By Vo Hai, Pham Chieu   December 13, 2021 | 01:58 am PT
Hanoi district suspends on-site dining as Covid cases surge
People wait for take-aways at an eatery in Dong Da District, Hanoi, December 13, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Hanoi's Dong Da District administration has banned large gatherings and suspended on-site dining, citing the "complicated" Covid-19 situation.

The decision was taken after Dong Da was named the only district in the city with a high risk of coronavirus infections.

A document issued by the Dong Da People's Committee said the coronavirus situation in the district has been progressing in a complicated way, with new outbreaks being detected in wards like Kham Thien, Trung Phung, Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Phuong Lien, Khuong Thuong and Tho Quan.

As a coronavirus prevention measure, starting noon on Monday, the district banned gatherings of more than 10 people outside offices, schools and hospitals. All religious activities and gatherings of more than 20 people in religious institutions, as well as cultural, sports and entertainment activities in public are also prohibited.

Food and beverage establishments can only allow takeaways, and must be closed before 9 p.m. every day. Wet markets are also banned.

Accommodation facilities like hotels must not exceed half of their maximum capacity.

High schools, vocational schools and continuing education facilities would suspend in-person classes and switch to online classes until further notice.

Dong Da has so far recorded around 2,100 Covid-19 cases in the fourth coronavirus wave. Over the past two weeks, it has recorded over 1,300 cases.

Hanoi as a whole has recorded nearly 18,000 Covid-19 cases since the fourth coronavirus wave broke out in late April.

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