HCMC to keep coronavirus restrictions after social distancing

By Manh Tung, Huu Cong   June 28, 2021 | 07:46 am PT
HCMC to keep coronavirus restrictions after social distancing
Soldiers and medical workers disinfect the Binh Dien market in HCMC as a Covid-19 prevention measure, June 27, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
HCMC will persist with certain restrictions even after the current social distancing period ends Tuesday, the municipal People's Committee said Monday.

Duong Anh Duc, deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee, said the city would continue to impose social distancing measures as dictated by Directive 10, even after the social distancing period under Directive 15 ends at 0 a.m. Tuesday.

"There is no end date for the social distancing period as dictated by Directive 10, so the city will continue to apply it to tighten coronavirus prevention measures," he said. Directive 10, which went into effect June 20, requires the suspension of non-essential businesses and spontaneous markets, prohibition of gatherings of more than three in public spaces and maintaining of at least 1.5 meters distance between people in public.

Meanwhile, Directive 15, which has been applied starting May 31, requires suspension of social events, bans gatherings of 20 people or more in one place and of 10 people or more outside workplaces, schools and hospitals. A minimum distance of two meters has to be ensured between people in public places.

As of Monday night, the southern metropolis had recorded 3,436 local Covid-19 cases in the fourth coronavirus wave that hit Vietnam late April. Its infection count is second only to Bac Giang, which has 5,663 cases in the fourth wave.

The Covid-19 situation in the city is still considered "complicated," with the emergence of several community transmission cases that have no obvious infection sources, authorities said.

Over the past week, over 710,000 people in the city have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the biggest vaccination campaign in the city’s history.

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