Many people living in Ho Chi Minh City have shown support for the metropolis’ largest-ever COVID-19 immunization drive by showing up at vaccination venues to get inoculated against the respiratory disease. The drive kicked off on June 19 and is carried out at 650 injection locations every day until June 27, using 836,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine developed by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. In addition to priority subjects designated by the government, this vaccination campaign benefits others including essential service providers, teachers, health workers, people working at administrative agencies, people over 65 years old, and workers at industrial parks and export processing zones. Aside from some vaccine-hesitant people, many others were eager to line up and get injected against COVID-19, doing their part in slowing and hopefully ending the pandemic. One of the first arrivals at the vaccination site at Hoang Hoa Tham High School in … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City citizens eagerly participate in its largest-ever COVID-19 inoculation campaign
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Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City began applying stricter social distancing measures from Sunday due to the increasingly serious COVID-19 pandemic. During the current outbreak, which began on April 27, Ho Chi Minh City has so far recorded 2,013 local infections, the second highest in Vietnam. The metropolis entered a period of social distancing on May 31 before local authorities decided to implement stricter measures from June 19 due to a sharp spike in coronavirus cases. In accordance with the latest directive from the municipal People’s Committee, non-essential businesses and unofficial markets are shut down. Taxis, app-based car services, inner-city buses, and inter-provincial coaches are suspended, except for vehicles designated by the local transport authority to carry patients to hospitals in emergency cases. Gatherings of more than three people in public places and in front of schools, offices, and hospitals are banned, while people must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 … [Read more...] about What are social distancing measures in Ho Chi Minh City?
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has proposed that 400 taxis be operated to take local residents to hospitals after the transport service was banned as part of COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the city. The transport department asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider letting 200 taxis of Vinasun Corporation and 200 cabs of Mai Linh Group to resume operations. This will provide favorable conditions for citizens to travel to local hospitals and medical centers. In accordance with Directive No. 10 of the Ho Chi Minh City administration, all taxis, app-based car services, inner-city buses, and inter-provincial coaches were suspended from Sunday. Following the ban, local residents have met a lot of difficulties whenever they need to go to healthcare facilities, the transport department stated. During a social distancing period in the metropolis in April 2020, 200 Mai Linh taxis were operated to transport citizens to local infirmaries. The cabs … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City transport department proposes operation of 400 taxis as ambulance service
As a month-long ban on non-essential businesses was eased on Tuesday morning, Hanoi dwellers were seen going out in droves to resume their normal routines at local eateries and barbershops. On May 25, all barbershops, dine-in eateries, and beverage outlets in Hanoi were forced to close and completely switch to takeaway services, pursuant to an order by the municipal authority to curb the fourth wave of coronavirus in the capital city. On Tuesday, they were allowed to reopen their sit-in operations, provided that they put no more than 50 percent of their full seating capacity to service or receive no more than 20 customers at a time, close before 9:00 pm, place barriers between seats, and ensure safe distancing, among other preventive measures. As witnessed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper correspondents on Tuesday morning, Hanoi dwellers showed up early at their favorite food stalls and coffee shops to try their first sit-down dining experience in almost a month. Queues also … [Read more...] about Hanoi residents flock to barbershops, eateries as coronavirus ban on indoor services eased
An island in south-central Vietnam has emerged as a favorite destination for travelers in recent years for its pristine beauty. Cu Lao Cau, also known as Hon Cau (Cau Island), is located around ten kilometers off the mainland in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, 275 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The sparsely populated island boasts not only beautiful nature but also a diverse marine ecosystem, with sea turtles often coming on its beaches to lay eggs. Cu Lao Cau has been dubbed a ‘stone kingdom’ with thousands of natural towering rocks scattered on the island. The best time to visit Cu Lao Cau is said to be in the first half of a lunar year when the weather seems perfect for a retreat. Visitors need to ask authorities for permission to stay overnight on the island because the place is under the management of border guards. There are no accommodation services on the island so travelers need to prepare their own food and camping tents if they plan to spend … [Read more...] about Pristine Cu Lao Cau an emerging getaway in south-central Vietnam