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Provinces close tourist sites to prevent COVID-19

Update: March, 17/2020 - 12:04
Foreign tourists make medical declarations in Hoa Lư District, the northern province of Ninh Bình. — VNA/VNS Photo Thùy Dung

HÀ NỘI — A number of provinces and cities across the country have temporarily closed tourist sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The northern province of Thái Bình on Monday decided to close five relic sites, including Đồng Bằng Temple, A Sào Temple, Keo Pagoda, Trần Temple and Tiên La Temple. All are famous sites in the province which attract a large number of tourists.

By Monday, Thái Bình had 62 people suspected of having the virus. They are under quarantine and in a stable condition, according to the provincial Department of Health.

Director of the Bình Định Province Department of Tourism Nguyễn Văn Dũng on Monday evening sent an urgent letter to organisations in the province, calling on them to stop admitting tourists to major attractions.

The suspension will start from Tuesday until the province receives new orders.

The central province of Bình Định has so far recorded no COVID-19 patients.

The southern province of Kiên Giang stopped receiving international tourists and domestic tourists from areas with the pandemic from 7am on Tuesday.

Restaurants and shops must implement preventive measures.

The province has one COVID-19 patient, who was the 54th patient in Việt Nam. The Latvian patient came to Phú Quốc Island and is now under treatment at the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

All people in contact with the patients have been quarantined. — VNS

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