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Nghe An closes non-essential services in five localities near Ha Tinh

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HCMC – Despite reporting no new Covid-19 domestic infections for more than a week, the provincial government of Nghe An decided to suspend non-essential services in five localities that share their border with Ha Tinh Province, which detected a new outbreak last weekend, from June 8 until further notice, said a local official.

Nguyen Duc Trung, chairman of the provincial government of Nghe An, told a Covid-19-related meeting this morning, June 7, that these non-essential services include eateries, restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons and beauty centers located in Vinh City, Cua Lo Town, and the districts of Nghi Loc, Hung Nguyen and Nam Dan. Take-away services are allowed.

Speaking at the meeting, Duong Dinh Chinh, director of the provincial Department of Health, said that the coronavirus transmission risk in Nghe An could be extremely high as many localities of Nghe An share their border with Ha Tinh, which reported nine locally-infected cases as of this morning.

A large number of workers from Ha Tinh commute daily to Nghe An to work, trade and receive medical treatment. Therefore, more effective measures need to be adopted to better contain the spread of the virus, Chinh added.

The provincial chairman also asked people returning home from virus-hit provinces to make appropriate health declarations.

Besides this, passenger transport services, contract cars and taxis traveling between Nghe An and Ha Tinh must be suspended. Meanwhile, trucks carrying essential goods are permitted to operate as normal but have to comply with Covid-19 safety measures.

The suspension of these services will also start from tomorrow until further notice.

Since May 27, the north-central province of Nghe An has not reported any new cases of Covid-19 by community transmission in the latest wave.

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