Capital to relax restrictions from next week


VGP – The local authorities of Ha Noi have planned to loosen restrictions, consider school and festival reopening on the basis of disease situations and test outcomes at the end of this week. 

Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung at the meeting, Ha Noi, February 22, 2021

This is part of a meeting of the Ha Noi Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control on February 22.  

Director of the Ha Noi Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien was quoted as saying that the city has spared no effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in which 14 out of 18 lockdown sites have been removed. 

Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung assessed that the epidemic has been evolving complicatedly in Viet Nam and across the globe. However, outbreaks have been fundamentally put under control in a number of localities in Viet Nam although locally transmitted cases may appear.  

So far, the city has gone seven days with zero community infection. Hence, the city would give priority to easing current business restrictions and consider the timing for students to return to schools and festival organization. 

Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue said that “the Covid-19 pandemic is set to stay for long-term,” urging all localities to strictly comply with anti-virus measures.

Mr. Hue instructed related agencies to continue promoting sales of agricultural products from Covid-19-stricken areas in Ha Noi.

As of February 22, Ha Noi has identified 51,595 people returning from Hai Duong, the country’s current pandemic hotspot, 40,672 people of a total of 49,637 having been tested for Covid-19 were confirmed negative. The city reported 35 local infections since the third wave broke out in January 27.

Street eateries, coffee shops, and historical relics have been closed since February 16. The Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee decided to keep school shutdown until February 28 amid coronavirus fears.

By Kim Anh