Ho Chi Minh City residents required to stay home after 6pm

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

HO CHI MINH CITY – Residents in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest COVID-19 hotspot at present, are not allowed to go out after 6pm as from July 26 to prevent the pandemic from further spreading, reported VNA.

Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said at a meeting late Sunday that all activities will be suspended, except for emergency medical care or anti-pandemic activities.

The decision was made as the COVID-19 pandemic in the southern metropolis continues to spiral due to lax observance of social distancing measures among a number of residents as well as insufficient monitoring of relevant forces, he said, noting that it is a must to enforce even stronger measures even though that might cause impacts on multiple aspects.

Phong called for support and cooperation from local residents to enhance the efficiency of the pandemic fight.

The city has gone through 55 days of social distancing at different levels, with social distancing measures under Directive No. 16 beginning from July 9.

Ho Chi Minh City reported over 60,000 cases of COVID-19 since the resurgence began in late April.