Hanoi asks people not to gather in large crowds (21:35 18/09/2020)

HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control issued Announcement No. 24/TB-BCD on September 16, stating the conclusion of its head Ngo Van Quy, who is also the Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, at the meeting with local authorities on pandemic response.

Regarding the tasks for the time ahead, Quy asked district- and commune-level People’s Committee to continue strengthen communication on COVID-19 prevention measures, which are masking up in public, washing hands with soap, limiting crowed gatherings in public areas, keeping a safe distance from each other, making health declaration as required, among others,
According to him, the city will continue to limit crowded events like meetings and festivals to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. 
Local authorities are allowed to decide the organization of essential events, providing that COVID-19 prevention and control measures are implemented strictly so as to ensure the safety for participants.
Under the document, district- and commune-level People’s Committees are in charge of urging businesses with catering services to effectively carry out pandemic prevention measures under the instruction of the Ministry of Health. 
The municipal authorities allowed the reopening of karaoke parlors, bars and discos from September 16 and these establishments must comply with COVID-19 countermeasures. 
Local authorities will take full responsibility for coronavirus prevention and control, while maintaining the operation of task forces in localities.
All arrivals from pandemic hit regions are required to fill out health declaration forms and be put under  health supervision.
Quy assigned the Department of Health, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Public security, the Capital High Command and district authorities to map out anti-COVID-19 guidelines for foreigners, aiming to prevent the virus from spreading into Vietnam.
He underscored the necessity to enhance inspection of compliance of COVID-19 prevention protocol at hospitals and medical facilities so as to ensure safety in operation. 
The Department of Tourism will coordinate with the Department of Health and district/township People’s Committees to select hotels which ensure essential living conditions to serve as paid quarantine facilities for incoming people, he ordered.
Quy also requested the Department of Information and Communication to guide the media outlets to strengthen communication on pandemic prevention work in the city. 
According to a report by the Department of Health, 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.

By Tran Huong

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