A week since social distancing was put in place, people across the country have become complacent and started gathering in public places.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on March 31 released Instruction 16 on social distancing nationwide from April 1 to 15 to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading. Chairman of the Hà Nội People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung also released Instruction 05 on urgent measures to control the pandemic, in which social distancing was one of the most important.
Bạch Mai Street in Hai Bà Trưng District in Hà Nội has seen increasing numbers of vehicles. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tùng
People are still out and about near Hoàn Kiếm Lake. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuấn
People flock on the streets near Tràng Tiền Plaza in Hoàn Kiếm District, Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết
Inspectors in Ngọc Lâm Ward, Long Biên District in Hà Nội give instructions to small traders to follow social distancing regulations. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết
Many stores in Yên Bái City are open after only one week of social distancing. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Anh
Many people gather in Võ Nguyên Giáp Square in Thái Nguyên City, the northern province of Thái Nguyên for exercise despite social distancing regulations. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Nguyên