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Hanoi cancels festivals during Tet

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Festivals and mass gatherings during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, in the capital city of Hanoi will be canceled due to Covid-19 concerns, according to the municipal chairman Chu Ngoc Anh’s decision issued yesterday, January 21.

The city will also suspend other non-essential large gatherings to serve the Covid fight. The authorities required local people to continue to practice anti-virus measures and strictly follow anti-Covid regulations. The elderly and those with underlying health problems or at high risk of Covid infection should stay away from large gatherings.

As for the upcoming game between Vietnam and China in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers on February 1 in Hanoi, the municipal Department of Culture and Sports was told to coordinate with the competent forces to ensure security and Covid safety for the match. Earlier, Hanoi approved a proposal to admit 20,000 spectators to the My Dinh National Stadium, where the match will take place.

Previously, the capital city decided to cancel fireworks displays at the Thong Nhat Park over coronavirus concerns.

Hanoi has been taking the lead nationwide in the number of new daily Covid cases over the past two weeks, at nearly 3,000 per day. In the fourth coronavirus wave, which began on April 27 last year, the city reported over 100,000 cases, excluding those imported.

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