Hai Duong starts to ease curbs

A worker at clothing factory Haivina in Gia Loc District, Hai Duong Province, is tested for COVID-19 before resuming work. - Vietnam News/ANN

WITH local Covid-19 outbreaks being brought under control, the northern province of Hai Duong will lift some restrictions in certain areas after 15 days of stringent province-wide lockdown measures.

Since Jan 27, the province has recorded over 600 local infections, becoming the largest outbreak in the country since the pandemic began early last year.

Pham Xuan Thang, secretary of the Hai Duong Party Committee, said on Monday that the outbreaks in the province were gradually being brought under control.

The committee said the anti-pandemic measures must cause the least possible disruptions to socio-

economic development, the flow of goods and business activities.

Authorities agreed to divide the localities in the province into two groups under different restrictions depending on the Covid-19 risk.

Four high-risk localities, including Hai Duong City, Kinh Mon township, Cam Giang District and Kim Thanh, will be placed under the government’s Directive 15, the highest level of social distancing first introduced in March last year when the country entered a nationwide lockdown.

The directive prescribes limiting large gatherings, meetings with over 20 people in-doors or 10 people outdoors, maintaining two metres distance between individuals in public places, non-essential services being shut down, public passenger transport being halted and travel being heavily restricted.

The remaining eight localities will follow the less restrictive Directive 19 on social distancing norms. — Vietnam News/ANN

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