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HCMC yet to plan easing of indoor dining restrictions

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC has yet to plan the easing of indoor dining restrictions due to concerns over Covid-19, Nguyen Nguyen Phuong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, told a press briefing on October 11.

It is necessary to carefully consider resuming dine-in services as they may pose a high risk of spreading the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant, the local media reported.

Services which meet the safety requirements can resume gradually while others posing a risk of infection will be weighed carefully, he said.

Speaking at the press briefing held by the city’s anti-pandemic steering committee, Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the committee, said that as of October 11, the city had seen all 22 districts and Thu Duc City bring the pandemic under control.

However, several residents have failed to comply with safety protocols such as not wearing face masks in public places and attending large gatherings, while the risk of community spread remains high.

As such, residents should stay on high alert for Covid, said Hai.

Over 3.7 million people in the city have benefited from the third round of Covid relief aid distribution, Nguyen Quang Lam, deputy director of the municipal Department of the Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said, adding that the number of beneficiaries will rise until October 15.

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