|Đà Nẵng's beaches will be closed off starting Sunday noon. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm|
HÀ NỘI — The central city of Đà Nẵng has ordered closure of beaches and sit-in dining venues starting Sunday at noon due to a new COVID-19 outbreak that has spawned 24 infections in a single day.
Deputy Chairman of Đà Nẵng Lê Quang Nam signed the order late Saturday, just over a week after the restrictions on these activities were lifted on June 9 following three weeks of no local COVID-19 cases.
The order – which asks that restaurants, eateries, cafes, and other eating and drinking establishments only serve take-away orders or online orders – will take effect on Sunday 12pm until further notice.
The planned reopening of education centres in the province and inter-provincial transport of passengers between Đà Nẵng and the neighbouring province Quảng Nam has also been put on hold.
Local authorities are asked to frequently conduct inspections to quickly detect COVID-19 rules violations, and ensure enforcement of safety regulations.
The new outbreak is concerning a 59-year-old man who works as a guard in Thanh Khê District, Đà Nẵng, and all 23 related infections detected on Saturday are residents in the district.
The man was deemed to have been in contact with a confirmed infection case from HCM City, which is seeing high daily rises in cases and more restrictions have been introduced to curb the spread.
The ‘triangle area’ formed by the three streets Lê Duẩn, Hoàng Hoa Thám, and Lý Thái Tổ in Thanh Khê District, with about 648 households and 2,400 people in total, has been put under strict lockdown while contact tracing and testing are underway. — VNS