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As Vietnam re-opens economy after contact tracing, restaurants innovate Covid barriers

ECONOMYNEXT – Restaurants in Vietnam, probably the most successful country in the world in battling Coronavirus, have devised ways to protect their customers and cut risks of spreading the disease and limit contact among patrons, as the country relaxed social isolation or stay-at-home.

To protect their patrons, restaurants have come up with transparent partitions on tables.

“I find this a very interesting model, it creates a sense of peace of mind for customers when eating,” Anh Duong Van Que, was quoted as saying on Hanoimoi, an online publication/

“I hope this model will be replicated in many eateries in the city.”

According to the rice restaurant owner in Phu Doan Street in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district it cost 70 dollars to mount the plastic panels, HanoiMoi Online said.

“Before the reopening, members of my family had got together to fit bulkheads to limit contact between the customers,” Ba Thinh, who runs a pho restaurant said.

Unlike up market restaurant, many of Hanoi’s trademark pho and Saigon’s hu tieu (noodle soups) and restaurants, are tucked away in narrow alleyways in busy side streets, where space is at a premium.

After 08 days with no new cases, a nation-wide hunt for contacts of foreign returnees and zero deaths with a unique treatment protocol involving external blood oxygenation Vietnam, relaxed its ‘social isolation’ (stay at home) rule.

Vietnam got into quarantine and contact tracing in January being next to China and completely killed the Wave I arrivals as the epidemic started in Wuhan.

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Vietnam was also the first country in the world to be declared free of SARS by the World Health Organization after 17 days without a new case.

Vietnam had reported 270 cases, with 08 days of zero cases after the borders were closed, 225 had recovered.

There have been zero deaths based on the treatment protocol involving external blood oxygenation developed by Vietnam doctors.

At least 05 recovered patients have tested positive this week, after release from hospital, causing concern.

(Colombo/Apr26/2020)

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