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HCMC considers night curfew in Covid fight

Created 25 July 2021
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HCMC is considering a curfew prohibiting people from going out after 6 p.m. without valid reason, says Phan Van Mai, deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Standing Committee.

Bars and karaoke parlors in HCMCs Bui Vien walking street are closed under the citys order due to Covid 19, March 15, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

"The city may restrict people from going out at certain hours. For example, there will be work and tasks not allowed after 6 p.m.," Mai said at a Sunday morning meeting as HCMC entered its 17th day of social distancing under Directive 16. The directive requires residents to stay at home and only go out for basic necessities such as buying food or medicines or to work at factories or businesses that are allowed to open.

In the coming days, municipal authorities plan to make social distancing requirements more stringent, requiring people to stay at home and venture out only for absolutely necessary reasons. In the next one or two days, the city will issue documents guiding groups and people on going out.

Bars and karaoke parlors in HCMCs Bui Vien walking street are closed under the citys order due to Covid 19, March 15, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Bars and karaoke parlors in HCMC's Bui Vien walking street are closed under the city's order due to Covid 19, March 15, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Mai said the city will increase goods supply, support people facing difficulties, and handle emergency medical situations better amid the lockdown.

Earlier, on Saturday afternoon, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam visited a locked-down area in District 8 and expressed anxiety on seeing a lot of people moving about amid the lockdown.

While traffic volume in HCMC had decreased by 84 percent in the early days of the social distancing order, it had increased to a 70 percent decline on Saturday, Dam said.

"We did not follow the rules strictly from the beginning. Without being strict, it will be tough to contain the pandemic," Dam said, asking the southern metropolis to tighten lockdown restrictions and enforcement.

At the Sunday morning meeting, Mai said that the pandemic situation in HCMC remained complicated, even though it has entered the 55th day of social distancing at various levels.

"Rules under Directive 16 are imposed until August 1, but perhaps we will see a one-two week delay to make Covid prevention rules effective," Mai said, adding the city will consider lifting restrictions only after the pandemic is brought under control.

HCMC authorities have been preparing for worst case scenarios and responses after the current social distancing campaign ends.

The city, currently the Covid-19 epicenter in Vietnam, has recorded 58,198 cases under the fourth wave that hit the country late April.

 

Source: VNE

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