Bangkok Post

Vietnam bans big gatherings, cuts flights

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HANOI: Vietnam will limit domestic flights and stop public gatherings for two weeks from today in an effort to curb the spread of the coronaviru­s, the government said in a statement yesterday.

Indoor gatherings of more than 20 people and outdoor gatherings of 10 people or more will be banned, the government said, citing an order signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Vietnam has found 153 coronaviru­s cases but has had no reported deaths, according to the health ministry. More than 57,000 people are in quarantine.

The next 10-15 days would be decisive in Vietnam’s fight against the virus, Mr Phuc has said.

Mr Phuc also ordered that flights between the capital, Hanoi, and the southern business hub of Ho Chi Minh City and cities across the country be reduced. All major cities should temporaril­y shut down non-essential services until April 15 at the earliest and residents should stay indoors as much as possible, Mr Phuc said.

Even though Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s poorer countries, its efforts against the virus, praised at home, have ensured its infection tally is lower than many of its neighbours.

 ??  ?? A woman wears a protective mask as she rides past an empty street during the Covid-19 outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday.
A woman wears a protective mask as she rides past an empty street during the Covid-19 outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday.

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