Hanoi authorities have decided to extend the capital’s ongoing Covid-19 social distancing order until August 22.
PM orders stronger measures to prevent COVID spread, minimize deaths, push vaccinations.
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The Hanoi Standing Party Committee has agreed to a proposal by the municipal People’s Committee to extend the social distancing order by another 15 days, starting from 6 a.m. on August 8, the Hanoi Party Committee said Friday.
A press meet Friday afternoon is expected to announce the Covid-19 fighting results following Hanoi’s two-week social distancing period from late July, as well as future plans to fight the pandemic.
Hanoi began its 15-day social distancing order starting July 24 amid rising coronavirus threats in the capital, requiring people to stay home and only go out for basic necessities such as buying food or medicines or to work at factories or businesses that are allowed to open.
Despite said measures, the city has been recording around 50-70 new cases a day on average and unearthed several clusters, including high-risk areas like wholesale markets and supermarkets.
Hanoi has officially recorded 1,762 local Covid-19 cases since the fourth coronavirus wave struck Vietnam in late April, VNExpress reported.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has requested stronger preventive and control measures against the coronavirus pandemic in the context of Việt Nam recording hundreds of deaths in recent days.
In Dispatch No. 1068/CD-TTg issued on Thursday, the Prime Minister ordered authorities to implement more drastic and effective measures to curb infections, minimize deaths and push the pace of vaccinations.
He noted that despite a number of initial positive results in COVID-19 prevention and control, the pandemic was developing in complex fashion and could be prolonged, threatening the health and lives of people and greatly harming socio-economic development, according to Vietnam News Agency.
The Prime Minister ordered heads of the People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces, ministries and sectors to enhance supervision over the implementation of pandemic prevention and control measures, while working harder to carry out solutions.
Under the message, localities implementing social distancing under Directive 16 must ensure effective, strict and substantive implementation based on the principle of isolating families from families.
The localities must also request people to “stay where they are” (avoid movement) to ensure complete social distancing measures, the Prime Minister said.