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HCM City says penalty for not wearing mask in public too low

Update: April, 17/2020 - 19:11


HCM City wants to increase the penalty for not wearing masks in public from the current VNĐ100,000-300,000. — Photo

HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Committee has sought the Government’s permission to increase the fine for not wearing a mask in public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nguyễn Thành Phong, chairman of the city People’s Committee, said the number of violations has increased in recent days since the fine of VNĐ100,000-300,000 is too low.

According to a report by the People's Committee, since March 28 the city has fined 4,360 people for not wearing a mask in public, collecting VNĐ868 million.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has decided to extend the social distancing campaign, originally rolled out from April 1 to 15, for at least one more week in HCM City.  

On Wednesday, the city’s COVID-19 inspection unit checked the Samsung factory in city’s Hi-tech Park in District 9 after a Samsung worker tested positive in the Bắc Ninh northern Province.

The unit decided that the risk of infection is only 23 per cent, low enough to continue operations. But the inspection unit suggested that the company should reduce the number of workers in each shift.

The factory plans to cut down the number of workers from 6,000 to 3,900 and equip them with masks and hand sanitisers. — VNS



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