Hanoi eases coronavirus restrictions as Vietnam’s new cases plummet to lowest levels in 30 days

, Hanoi eases coronavirus restrictions as Vietnam’s new cases plummet to lowest levels in 30 days
  • Vietnam reported 8,668 new local Covid-19 infections on Monday, down 1,357 from Sunday, marking the smallest daily rise in cases over the past month.
  • Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi will further ease its coronavirus restrictions from this week with new cases on the decline and the majority of its adult population partially vaccinated, the government said.

Vietnam capital Hanoi to ease coronavirus curbs, most construction projects can resume from Wednesday, adding further easing would follow, with average new daily cases down to just 20.

So far 94% of Hanoi’s adult population of 5.75 million has received one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the aim of completing second doses by the end of November, said deputy chairman of Hanoi’s ruling People’s Committee, Duong Duc Tuan.

“We can’t maintain the social distancing measures indefinitely,” Tuan said in a statement.

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Since July 24, Hanoi has been following social distancing according to Directive 16, which comprises the country’s most stringent social distancing regulations, requiring residents to stay at home and only go out for basic necessities, Reuters reported.

Hanoi became busier last week after authorities removed dozens of checkpoints and allowed restaurants to offer takeaway services.

Tuan said the city’s approach will be flexible and scientific, aimed at containing the virus while reviving economic activities.

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Hanoi has escaped the brunt of a fierce wave of coronavirus infections in Vietnam since late April, recording less than 50 of the more than 17,000 COVID-19 deaths nationwide, and just 4,414 of the country’s total 691,286 cases.

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Epicentre and business hub Ho Chi Minh City, more than 1,500 km (932 miles) away by road, has been the hardest hit, with 49% of the country’s cases and 78% of its fatalities.

The average number of new cases in the country for the past seven days has been 10,160 a day while the national death rate over the past week has been 234 a day on average.

Over 34.55 million people have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot, in which 6.64 million people have been fully vaccinated, local media VNExpress reported.

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