HO CHI MINH CITY, July 25 (Vietnam News/ANN): The transport departments of Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City and all provinces must work to ensure the smooth circulation of essential goods, while the ministries of Industry and Trade, and Agriculture and Rural Development will maintain supply chains during social distancing regulations under Government Directive 16.
Speaking at an online meeting between the ministry and 63 provincial transport departments on Friday, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The asked HCM City and all provinces to follow the Ministry of Health’s guidelines to control people and trucks travelling between cities and provinces while ensuring circulation of goods.
According to Van The, only trucks with essential goods are allowed to travel during the lockdown period under Directive 16. Vehicles must have QR codes when traveling through HCM City’s gateways and other provinces under Directive 16.
Van The ordered HCM City and surrounding provinces to provide favourable conditions for truck drivers to get tested and ensure smooth movement between cities and provinces.
Local authorities must also oversee businesses that transport goods and conduct rapid Covid-19 tests or RT-PCR tests for truck drivers and their helpers.
According to the city's transport department, while traffic volume at the city gateways has fallen by 70 per cent compared to the time before Directive 16, traffic congestion has eased.
On July 22 and 23, traffic at the city’s gateway checkpoints moved smoothly, according to the Directorate for Roads.
In 19 southern cities and provinces under Directive 16, trucks are currently required to carry logos and QR codes that allow access to their medical declarations before they are permitted to enter or leave pandemic checkpoints.
According to the city's transport department, as of 12am on July 23, more than 53,000 QR codes had been issued to vehicles to facilitate the transportation of essential goods.
The country’s largest city on July 9 reopened 12 pandemic checkpoints at city gateways when it started the social distancing period, which has been extended to August 1.
The checkpoints are operated by local police, army forces, health staff and interdisciplinary forces.
Police forces have been mobilised to ensure security and order at the checkpoints, and in isolation and lockdown areas in the city. They are also working with medical staff to trace suspected Covid-19 cases. - Vietnam News/ANN