Barricades removed ahead of end of COVID-19 lockdown in Vietnam

Cities in southern Vietnam began dismantling barricades on Thursday (30/9) ahead of the lifting of lockdown orders (lockdown), ending three months of PPKM to curb the spike in the coronavirus.

In the town of Vung Tau, local residents cheered as police and volunteers removed the padlocks of metal fences installed on streets to control traffic during the lockdown, which ends on Friday (1/10).

“We should celebrate today that this city removes the barricades so we can get out again and return to our normal lives,” said local resident Pham Van Thanh as he helped officers dismantle the barricades on the street in front of his house.

Under the looser regulations, people will be able to leave their homes, and take-out restaurants will be allowed to open at the same time as other essential businesses. However, social distancing rules still apply.

Public gatherings of more than 10 people were banned, schools were closed, public transport remained suspended and travel in and out of the city was controlled.

Nineteen cities in South Vietnam imposed strict lockdowns in mid-July as the virus outbreak began to spike.

According to the Ministry of Health, the Delta variant of the coronavirus has infected 770,000 people and killed more than 19,000 of them in the past three months in the country.

Most of the deaths from the Delta variant virus in Vietnam have occurred following the wave. Most of the deaths occurred in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city and a business hub in South Vietnam. [lt/uh]

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