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Covid-related objects on display at café in HCMC

By Le Vu

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Covid vaccination, takeaway services, zero-dong supermarkets and travel passes were popular terms during the social distancing period in HCMC, which began on May 31 last year. It has been a year since that day.

As a reminder of that hugely difficult period, the Phu Nhuan District authorities and Huynh Minh Hiep, owner of Lua Coffee Shop on Nguyen Van Troi Street in HCMC’s Phu Nhuan District, held an exhibition featuring more than 3,000 objects and images relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the fight against it.

The exhibition takes place from May 29 to June 4.

Visitors point at empty vials of Covid vaccines
Medical equipment used for the Covid-19 vaccination. Administering vaccines is the only solution to fight against the pandemic
Zero-dong mini supermarkets were popular in Phu Nhuan District and HCMC as a whole at the time to help the underprivileged

Rice ATMs
Free medicine bags for Covid-19 patients
Documents on anti-Covid directions, papers provided to local residents during the social distancing period and books and newspapers used to promote the anti-Covid fight are also put on display at the coffee shop
Huynh Minh Hiep (R), owner of Lua Coffee Shop, said he collected objects related to the fight against the pandemic as he wanted to hold an exhibition to remember the unforgettable days during the Covid-19 outbreak in HCMC. He prepared for the exhibition for three months and completed displaying objects within 19 days.
A visitor has a look at objects at the exhibition. Most of the objects were collected by Hiep and the Phu Nhuan District authorities, while some others were presented by Hiep’s friends and relatives
Nguyen Van Quang, a resident in Thu Duc City, said he was touched when seeing the objects. “Time flies but pains remain. I still remember streets in HCMC were deserted on those days and the period we had to stay at home. We now can say that we have won over the pandemic.”
The space and objects at the exhibition have reminded many visitors of a chilling period of time
A space for the commemoration of Covid-19 victims
An object that no one wanted to see but it could be seen at every corner of the city during the social distancing period

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