ECONOMYNEXT – Vietnam has imposed a stay-at-home order in the capital Hanoi Sunday while a dusk to dawn curfew is to be imposed on Ho Chi Minh City from July 26 where earlier directives failed to keep city dwellers at home leading to soaring cases.
Hanoi was mostly deserted Saturday after a stay at home order was imposed on Sunday, media reports said.
Ho Chi Minh City has seen a surge of cases, and has become the Coronavirus hotspot after earlier isolation directives failed to contain movement.
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong was quoted by Vietnam’s Touitre newspaper as saying that the current situation was unpredictable and caused by people not strictly implementing the stay at home order.
Phong said people have to be aware that the situation was extremely dangerous and it was imperative to use stronger measures.
Starting July 26 people should not go out after 1800 hours until 0600 next day.
“All activities in the city will be temporarily suspended, except for emergencies and coordination requirements to prevent epidemics,” the reporrt said.
On Sunday 7,531 cases were reported, down from 9,526 on Saturday, of which 2,227 was from HCMC. On Saturday 3,326 were from Ho Chi Minh City, according to the state information portal. (Colombo/July25/2021)