Six southern provinces extend social distancing until mid-September

By Truong Ha, Hoang Nam   August 30, 2021 | 06:59 am PT
Six southern provinces extend social distancing until mid-September
A Covid-19 checkpoint in Tan An Town, southern Long An Province, on August 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Nam
Six southern provinces – Binh Duong, Long An, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh – will extend social distancing until mid-September.

Binh Duong announced that it was extending the social distancing regulations until September 15 as the number of Covid-19 infections continues to increase. The southern province is the second most affected locality after HCMC, with 110,258 cases recorded as of Monday.

Expecting the number of cases to rise to 150,000 in the coming days, Binh Duong authorities have said they will conduct large-scale screening tests in "red zone", very high risk area and quickly complete facilities and field hospitals. To date, Binh Duong has inoculated more than 856,440 doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

After 43 days of social distancing, Long An will keep the semi-lockdown going till the end of September 13. The province's Kien Tuong Town as well as the districts of Tan Hung, Vinh Hung, Moc Hoa, Tan Thanh, Thanh Hoa and Duc Hue will have it until September 6.

Local officials said that the pandemic situation was gradually being brought under control, but complicated developments were still happening, especially in the "red zone." Long An has recorded over 21,457 infections and 273 deaths. More than 690,000 residents of the province have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces will continue to enforce social distancing until September 10, while Tay Ninh will extend it until September 12.

Tien Giang's My Tho and Cai Lay towns as well as the districts of Cho Gao, Chau Thanh, Cai Be, Go Cong Dong, Cai Lay Town and Go Cong Dong will keep the social distancing order in force until September 15.

The current regulation does not allow gatherings of more than two people in public and asks people to only leave home for emergencies, buying food and medicine, and working in factories, production facilities and businesses that involve "essential" goods and services.

Since the new Covid-19 wave hit Vietnam late April, 445,292 infections have been recorded in 62 of its 63 cities and provinces.

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