HCMC tightens travel, accommodation management

By Gia Minh, Dinh Van   November 26, 2021 | 02:33 am PT
HCMC tightens travel, accommodation management
A police officer scans a QR code on a man's phone to see if he violates the social distancing rule in HCMC's Binh Thanh District, August 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
In wake of rising Covid-19 cases, Ho Chi Minh City will strengthen the review of people coming from other localities and those commuting among districts.

As requested by Deputy Chairman Duong Anh Duc on Tuesday, authorities in each district and Thu Duc City must tighten control of those entering their territories as a proactive Covid-19 response.

Senior Colonel Le Manh Ha, deputy head of HCMC Police Department's Office of the Chief of Staff, said functional forces will not only monitor people's movement from one place to another, but also tighten management of all those who permanently or temporarily reside in a locality.

For the new duty, the city will not set up checkpoints as before but send forces over to each ward and district to check the number of people in each household to better serve the process of contact tracing and isolation in case infections are detected, Ha said.

"Such monitoring allows health authorities to have a grasp of the pandemic situation and build suitable response plans."

This will also help the city better prepare vaccines to inoculate migrant workers who return to work in the city after leaving for their hometown during the latest outbreak.

District authorities have also kicked off plans to have police inspect people that usually travel between districts.

Nguyen Dong Tung, chairman of Phu Nhuan District, said as many as 90 percent of recent Covid-19 cases recorded in the district include such commuters.

Police in 13 wards of Phu Nhuan have requested hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops to ensure customers complete health declarations via QR code.

In Binh Thanh, deputy chairwoman Thai Thi Hong Nga said the district has recently received many migrants returning to work, and police have increased inspections at hotels and boarding houses to keep track of the number of permanent or temporary residents.

In Cu Chi, chairwoman Pham Thi Thanh Hien said everyone entering the district must complete health declaration procedures. Migrants who have got one vaccine dose in their hometown will get support to be fully vaccinated.

HCMC has recorded more than 1,000 cases per day on average for almost a month now.

The epicenter of Vietnam’s latest Covid-19 wave, the city reopened on Oct. 1 after applying various levels of restrictions over four months.

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