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Ho Chi Minh City shuts bars, bans gatherings to battles new coronavirus outbreak

Khanh Minh Thursday | 07/30/2020 22:26

Ho Chi Minh City shuts bars, bans gatherings from July 31. Photo: Vietnamnet.vn

Vietnam’s largest commercial hub has ordered bars and nightclubs to shut down and banned gatherings of more than 30 people starting midnight on Thursday.

The move was adopted to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus after the Da Nang outbreak that has been spreading to several localities including Hanoi capital and Ho Chi Minh City.

The city has reported two cases of Covid-19 linked to the Danang outbreak. They had reported themselves separately to health authorities before undertaking tests.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem ordered to suspend the operation of service facilities and restricting crowds to control Covid-19.

The city temporarily has asked to stop organizing events such as festivals, fairs, investment promotion conferences, conferences, seminars ... It is recommended that people refrain from gathering crowds at weddings and funeral ceremony.

The bars and discotheques must temporarily close from July 31.

About 18,000 tourists who had been in Danang have returned to Ho Chi Minh City recently, it added. The restrictions follow similar curbs imposed by the capital Hanoi on Wednesday.

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