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HCM City tightens COVID-19 prevention and control measures

Ho Chi Minh City has tightened its COVID-19 prevention and control measures as infections have remained rampant in the southern largest city.

In a freshly-issued document, the Standing Board of the municipal Party Committee ordered intensifying inspection and supervision over the implementation of social distancing and lockdown regulations.

The city will also suspend non-urgent business and production activities, and construction sites. Banks and securities institutions are only allowed to operate at an adequate level to meet necessary demands.

Businesses that provide essential services in health care, pharmaceutical products, food and foodstuff will operate as requested and must ensure safety.

Meanwhile, enterprises operating in other fields can maintain their operations once they follow the stay-at-work mode and other safety regulations. Any violations will be strictly handled, according to the document.
Traditional markets are asked to scale down to 30 percent, with only food and essential goods are permitted to put on sale.

State agencies would divide shifts among their workforce, the standing board said, adding that COVID-19 checkpoints situated around the city would only allow certain vehicles, including those on official purposes, approved for transporting goods or those of the armed forces.

Vietnam recorded 3,898 new COVID-19 cases from 7.30pm on July 22 to 6am on July 23, according to the Ministry of Health.

HCM City, the country’s current largest pandemic hotspot, logged the majority of the new cases, with 3,302 infections.

According to the municipal Department of Health, as of July 23 noon, HCM City had recorded 49,176 COVID-19 infections.