Hanoi tell residents cannot leave city as Covid-19 cases keeps soaring and Vietnam reports 7,455 new cases


Local residents receive vaccinations in Thu Duc district, a locked-down area in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday (Aug 2, 2021). - Vietnam News/ANN.

HANOI, Aug. 2 (Vietnam News/ANN): Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hanoi Chu Ngọc Anh has announced and ordered district administrations not to allow people to move out of the city while social distancing measures are in place, except for those with a permit from the administration.

Under the message, Anh said the head of the People's Committee of each district must take responsibility if any person was found leaving the city without a permit from the local administration.

Anh also ordered all agencies and organisations, including diplomatic agencies and international organisations, in the city to strictly implement the Government’s Directive No 16, and to comply with regulations on keeping a safe distance and to ensure the minimum number of people were going into the office to work.

He required relevant agencies to take urgent measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic including quickly tracing suspected cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection; screening suspected cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection when they showed symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste; speeding up large-scale testing and screening for people living in high-risk areas as well as people returning from the pandemic-hit localities.

Vietnam recorded 7,455 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 2), including 7,445 locally transmitted and 10 imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health. The new infections brought the total tally to 161,761 with 1,695 deaths, the ministry said.

Among the community cases, 4,264 were reported in the southern epicentre Ho Chi Minh City, 949 in the nearby southern Binh Duong province, and 445 in the southern Long An province.

As many as 46,965 Covid-19 patients have recovered, up 3,808 from Sunday, while 6.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.

As of Monday, Vietnam has registered a total of 159,489 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 157,919 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, the ministry said. - Vietnam News/ANN

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