|Thuận Phước Bridge spans over the Hàn River to connect Đà Nẵng city's downtown and Sơn Trà peninsular. The city begins stricter social distancing orders from Saturday. VNS Photo Lê Lâm|
CENTRAL REGION — The central city of Đà Nẵng and Hội An ancient town will begin social distancing orders under the Prime Minister's Directive 16 from 6pm on Saturday, strengthening drastic measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
The city hopes the strict orders will break the rapid rise in infections. On Friday, 65 new cases were detected.
Local people are warned not to go out unless necessary. Three months worth food and supplies have been reserved at stores and supermarkets.
The city plans to set up ‘green zones’ at living quarters and factories where zero infections have been identified, to help maintain production and ensure a healthy environment in wider, protection areas.
At least seven traditional markets and one living area in Sơn Trà District has either temporarily closed or been locked down already.
Markets will reduce the number of stores by half, and shoppers will be allowed to enter on a staggered system to ensure distancing.
|A road in the suburbs of Hội An ancient town in Quảng Nam Province. VNS Photo Công Thành|
Each market will open for seven hours per day, four hours in morning and three hours in the evening, instead of 14 or 16 hours as before.
The city’s health department has called for voluntary support from retired doctors and nurses as well as senior students from medical universities to help with the mass vaccination programme starting in August.
It is hoped at least 20,000 people will be inoculated each day. — VNS