Hanoi takes tough stance

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) conducts a Covid-19 coronavirus swab test on a student at the Vinschool private school in Hanoi on May 22,2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN/ AFP)

Sweeping new restrictions will be enforced in Hanoi later today as the authorities desperately try to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The drastic measures saw the closure of all restaurants, cafes, and hair salons from noon yesterday in a bid to limit community infections.

Hanoi’s People’s Committee Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh also ordered anyone who visited other cities and provinces over the past two weeks to make immediate medical declarations upon their return.

Exercising in public places and gatherings in parks and flower gardens will also be halted.

Since the fourth wave of community cases began at the end of April, there have been 126 community transmissions in the capital city, including four new cases announced on yesterday morning.

The municipal People’s Committee has asked the Health Department to coordinate with the Capital Military Command and the People’s Committees of all districts, wards and towns to urgently review and expand concentrated quarantine areas.

Hotels currently being used as quarantine facilities will also be inspected to make sure regulations are being adhered to. The city will gradually reduce and stop using hotels as quarantine facilities.

The Hanoi People’s Committee also requested that districts, wards and towns review pandemic prevention measures in residential areas, hamlets, households, production establishments, especially apartment buildings, hotels and student accommodation.

Meanwhile, following a spike in cases at the Times City complex, Vingroup has been asked to organise Covid-19 testing for all employees and residents. A similar request has been made to T&T Group Joint Stock Company.

This comes after cases were confirmed at the P11 apartment block within Times City and T&T Group with the authorities unable to trace the source of these infections.

“In the future, it is likely that new cases will continue to be recorded outside the community because of the long time the cases have been outside the community, have moved to many places, and came into contact with many people, ” warned deputy director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh.

Thanh Xuan district authorities have also locked down 17 floors of a block of 123 flats as one positive case was reported here.

Yesterday morning, the Health Ministry reported 57 new infections. — Vietnam News/ANN

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