HN to take more drastic measures in high-risk areas


VGP – Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has given a green light for districts to impose more restrictions in high-risk areas amidst a rise in the number of locally-transmitted cases.

Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh (standing)

Senior Colonel Tran Ngoc Duong, Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Municipal Police Department reported that 29 checkpoints have been installed at the gateways of the city. Ha Noi police have also erected checkpoints on multiple streets to control traffic flow. Over 47,000 vehicles have been checked throughout the weekend, and more than 13,000 were denied going ahead.

Over 4,000 local policemen have been mobilized to manage residents, especially those returning from other localities.   

In addition, 789 working teams have been deployed in order to deal with people who go out without essential purposes and violate the rules on facemask wearing. 

Vice Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Nguyen Van Phong said that the city is determined to making full use of the 15-day social distancing to control disease outbreaks. 

Chairman Chu asked his inferiors to tighten management of industrial sites, traditional markets, supermarkets and commercial centers. 

Numerous people in Ha Noi were fined over VND3 billion ($130,769) for violating Covid-19 control measures in the past four days, according to the city’s police. 

On July 27 alone, 804 offenders had to pay more than VND1.5 billion ($65,385) for their violation, Hanoi police said, adding that the local residents were penalized for flouting face mask rule or failing to keep a required distance in pubic, or going out for unnecessary reasons.

Ha Noi has recorded 1,007 Covid-19 cases in the fourth wave that began in late April. A new cluster at the Ha Noi Lung Hospital has seen at least 26 coronavirus cases, including the hospital staff, patients, and their family members, since July 25. The hospital has since been locked down and ceased to admit patients./.

By Khanh Phuong