Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh today agreed to apply social distancing in 19 southern provinces and cities under Directive 16 starting from midnight on July 19 because of a surge of Covid-19 cases.
Additional 16 southern provinces and cities to apply social distancing under Directive 16. Photo: Vietnamnet
At present, three localities of HCM City, Bình Dương and Đồng Nai have been applying Directive 16. HCM City has been under Directive 16 since July 8 while Đồng Nai and Bình Dương have had the measures in place since July 9.
An additional 16 southern provinces and cities will apply social distancing under Directive 16 from midnight on July 19. The strict measures to stamp out worsening outbreaks of COVID-19 will be in place for 14 days.
The provinces and cities are Cần Thơ City, Bình Phưoc, Tay Ninh, Ba Rịa - Vũng Tau, Tiền Giang, Long An, Vĩnh Long, Đồng Thap, Bến Tre, Hậu Giang, An Giang, Bạc Lieu, Sóc Trăng, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau and Kien Giang.
The move came after Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính signed document No 969/TTg-KGVX on Saturday to strengthen the protection of public health amid the continuing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnamnews reports.
According to the document issued on the day, the 14-day social distancing period will be decided by Chairpersons of provincial People’s Committees but it must begin before July 19.
For cities and provinces which are applying social distancing prior to the Prime Minister’s, today document will report its coronavirus situation to decide whether the cities or provinces will continue the social distancing or not.
During social distancing, the PM proposed strict implementation of Directive 16 noting that each organization and leader will be held accountable for incidents. Gatherings of people must be banned according to the regulation.
Simultaneously, local governments must make sure the supply of food and foodstuff to all residents, especially the poor and unemployed people who lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Chinh directed only business establishments that meet the requirements of Covid-19 prevention regulations are allowed to operate. Related agencies must take heed of traffic congestion.
Chairmen in cities and provinces must send a report to the Prime Minister about the coronavirus development to have appropriate solutions for each place. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam was assigned to direct ministries, sectors, and localities to apply the directive as well as solving problems relating to the coronavirus pandemic on behalf of the Prime Minister, SGGPNews reports.
Directive 16 orders the closure of non-essential services and businesses, people are told to stay at home unless necessary, gatherings of two or more people in public is forbidden and public transport is halted.
Chính said the exact time to start applying social distancing to 16 provinces and cities was decided by the Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, but must be no later than midnight on July 19.
- PM issues stay-at-home order in 16 virus-hit southern cities, provinces
- COVID-19: More southern localities to impose social distancing
- Bac Ninh City implements social distancing
- More provinces to impose stay-at-home order
- Binh Duong imposes social distancing on three wards in Thuan An
- HCMC sees 10 new Covid-19 infections
- Vietnam’s industrial hub and South Central Coast city impose stringent social distancing campaign
- Single-day rise in Covid-19 cases hits new record
- Two more cities begin social distancing due to raging Covid-19