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Hanoi to fine people leaving home for non-essential reasons

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HCMC – As this is the critical period for Vietnam to curb the spread of the coronavirus, district-level authorities in Hanoi have been asked to issue fines to people who go outside for non-essential purposes starting today, April 4, said the municipal leader.

According to the prime minister’s order, acceptable reasons to leave home include buying essential goods, such as food, foodstuff and pharmaceuticals, Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the municipal government, said during a meeting on April 3.

The effectiveness of the country’s social distancing plan to help battle the coronavirus could be diminished if people ignore the shelter-in-place order and continue walking outside for non-essential reasons, said Chung.

Therefore, he asked all city residents to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing. Particularly, the elderly should remain indoors at all times during the next two weeks, as they are the most vulnerable to the flu-like virus.

The municipal leader also ordered closures of all parks across the capital city, asking people to only exercise at home.

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