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Central Vietnam’s largest fishing port reopens after pandemic hiatus

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Tho Quang Fishing Port in Danang’s Son Tra District, the largest fishing port in the central region, resumed operations today, October 16, after 80 days of suspension due to an infection cluster with nearly 1,000 Covid cases.

The Danang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a decision to reopen the fishing port after the central city brought the latest Covid outbreak under control, with no new domestic infections reported over the past 14 days, reported VnExpress.

According to the decision, fishing boat owners and cars are allowed to transport fish to the seafood wholesale market located at the port for trading but must space out seafood booths to ensure social distancing and 50% of the vendors must operate at the market on a rotating basis.

Further, logistics service ships visiting the fishing port are required to have operated at sea for at least 14 days and should not have departed from and been to virus-hit regions.

The Tho Quang Fishing Port halted its operations on July 26, after the authorities discovered an infection cluster linked to the vendors working at the port. Son Tra District had to impose a lockdown on five of its seven wards due to the infections.

The port is the main distribution point of fish for localities in the region. It opens twice every day: 0 a.m.- 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.-3 p.m., with each phase seeing around 1,000 vendors trade at the wholesale market.

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