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Hoi An suspends all tourism activities amid Covid-19 concerns

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HCMC – The ancient town of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province has decided to suspend all tourism activities including admission to the city’s popular destinations and Cham Island, traditional crafts villages and eco tourism sites starting July 28, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The drastic steps have been taken due to its proximity to Danang City, a tourism hotspot, where new local infections had been recently discovered after 99 straight days without local coronavirus transmission, said Nguyen Van Son, chairman of the city.

It has also postponed all activities that require the gathering of more than 10 people in public and over 20 at meeting halls. The city called on local residents to limit nonessential outings, wash hands regularly and practice personal hygiene as instructed by the health authority.

Hoi An is also seeking the provincial government’s approval for a plan to temporarily shut down nonessential businesses such as bars, karaoke and massage parlors in the city, Son added.

In addition, the city had tested samples of 70 cases linked to the four Covid-19 patients that contracted the disease via community transmission in Danang, tagged as the 416th, 418th, 419th and 420th cases. All of their test results came back negative. It also quarantined 21 other people.

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