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HCMC, Hanoi extend social distancing to April 22

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HCMC – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed to extend social distancing in HCMC, Hanoi and 10 other localities that are at high risk of coronavirus upsurge until April 22 at a meeting this afternoon, April 15.

Earlier this morning, the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control proposed extending the social distancing period according to the status of coronavirus infections in each locality.

Localities at high risk are Hanoi, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Danang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, HCMC, Tay Ninh and Ha Tinh.

Localities at medium risk are Binh Duong, Can Tho, Dong Nai, Ha Nam, Haiphong, Kien Giang, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Thai Nguyen, Thua Thien-Hue, Soc Trang, Lang Son, An Giang, Binh Phuoc and Dong Thap.

The remaining cities and provinces are classified as localities at low risk.

For localities at medium and low risk, the committee proposed issuing specific regulations for trading and manufacturing activities to ensure both economic stability and safety for the people.

People in these localities should continue to comply with preventive measures such as washing their hands regularly, staying at least 2 meters apart and always wearing face masks in public.

These localities should also continue to ban large public gatherings, including religious events, and leisure activities; restrict travel; and close tourist sites.

The Ministry of Health will work with the Ministry of Transport to issue further travel and transport restrictions based on the needs of each locality.

The committee’s classification of low-, medium- and high-risk localities is based on the localities’ traffic intensity, population, number of industrial zones and other criteria, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

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