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Catholic churches in HCMC shut amid Covid-19 concerns

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HCMC – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City has announced the suspension of all daily masses and religious rites from today, July 31, until further notice to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has killed one person in Vietnam.

During the period of suspension, Catholics can participate in online Sunday masses from August 1, VietnamPlus news site reported.

Besides this, priests have been told not to celebrate daily religious rites with a crowd of more than 30 people and to maintain a safe physical distance of at least two meters.

Churches must strictly follow Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures, including spraying disinfectants, washing hands with sanitizer and wearing face masks.

Catholics who are developing symptoms of respiratory diseases or have returned from other Covid-19-hit areas are told to self-quarantine and stop going out, according to the announcement.

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