Hanoi allows reopening of bars, karaoke parlours, weekend pedestrian streets (22:17 16/09/2020)


HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control held an online meeting with district/township authorities on September 15, regarding pandemic prevention work in the city. The event saw the attendance of member of the Party Central Committee and Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, and Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy.


Permanent Deputy Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang speaks at the meeting.


Ready to receive more Vietnamese returnees
 
At the meeting, Hoang Duc Hanh, Deputy Director of the Department of Health, informed that Vietnam confirmed one imported COVID-19 case, identified Patient 1060.
 
The patient is a 21 year-old man from Ba Thuoc District, central Thanh Hoa Province. He arrived from Russia on September 8 and was quarantined on entry. Results of tests done at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases showed that he was positive. He is now being treated at the same hospital.
 
According to Hanh, Hanoi has confirmed a total of 39 COVID-19 cases, with no fatalities since July 25. Of those, 11 are local infections, and the rest are imported and were put on quarantine upon arrival.
 
In preparation for the resumption of commercial fights as directed by the Prime Minister, and receiving Vietnamese returnees who would be isolated in paid quarantine facilities, the leader of the Department of Tourism said that the his agency has collaborated with the health sector to  select and set up paid isolation facilities. 
 
As of September 14, Hanoi had eight hotels designated as quarantine camps for foreign experts. Of which five are used to quarantine Vietnamese returnees and foreigners. 
 
The hotels are required to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention and control regulations, and ensure essential living conditions such as electricity, water, sanitation, bathrooms and ventilation.
 
According to Ngo Van Quy, who is the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control, Ministry of Transport is considering the reopening of international flight routes to countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia and Lao. 
 
Loosening COVID-19 prevention and control measures in Hanoi 
 
Addressing the event, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang praised the city’s entities and localities for their effort in the COVID-19 fight. 
 
Therefore, Hanoi has gone 28 days without new locally- infected cases, she emphasized. 
 
Hang attributed the city’s success to close cooperation between specialized agencies, especially the frontline anti-epidemic  teams. 
 
According to her, the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Hanoi chapter has raised VND45 billion in cash, essential goods, and medical supplies worth VND8 billion to support the effort. 
 
Warning of the risk of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the municipal Party official asked the city to continue complying with instructions of the Party Central Committee and specialized authorities on COVID-19 response.
 
She underscored the necessity to strengthen communication work so that local residents remain on high alert to the fight, and adapt a new normal to stabilize production and business activities.
 
Hang also requested the municipal People’s Committee and the Steering Committee to consider the loosening of  epidemic control measures gradually. 
 
The weekend walking space of Hoan Kiem lake and surrounding to be restored from September 18
 
Making conclusion at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy said that the COVID-19 crisis is put under control in Hanoi. 
 
He noted that Hanoi is still at high risk of coronavirus transmission when the government has allowed the resumption of international air travel in the coming days.
 
The Vice Chairman agreed with the proposal from Hoan Kiem District’s authorities to allow the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake to reopen on the weekend starting September 18.
 
In an effort to ensure the dual goal of disease fighting and boosting economic growth, Hanoi’s authorities have decided to loosen the social distancing measures.
 
The municipal authorities have allowed the reopening of karaoke parlors, bars and discos from September 16, provided that these establishments comply with COVID-19 countermeasures, Quy underlined.

By Tran Huong


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