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More southern provinces practice social distancing due to raging pandemic

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HCMC – Due to the complicated development of Covid-19, several southern provinces such as Tien Giang, Can Tho, Binh Duong and Bac Lieu have imposed social distancing to prevent the spread of the disease.

Tien Giang Province will begin the social distancing order in line with the prime minister’s Directive 16 for 15 days from 4.00 p.m. today, July 12, while Tan Phu Dong District will apply social distancing under Directive 15.

Under the social distancing order, all non-essential services will be suspended, while markets that fail to meet anti-virus safety requirements will also be closed. Harsh sanctions will be imposed on those who violate Covid-19 prevention and control regulations, including those who step out for non-essential purposes, wear no masks in public places, gather in groups and fail to keep a safe physical distance of two meters.

In Binh Duong Province, after seeing the soaring number of Covid-19 infections, the province decided to impose social distancing in two more districts– Bau Bang and Dau Tieng–in line with Directive 16 from today.

Up to now, seven of nine cities, districts and towns in Binh Duong Province are practicing social distancing under Directive 16.

Tran Viet Truong, chairman of Can Tho City, on July 11 signed a decision imposing social distancing in the entire city for 15 days from midnight, July 12, to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Accordingly, Ninh Kieu and Cai Rang districts are practicing social distancing in line with Directive 16, while the rest are applying the order under Directive 15.

The municipal government asked residents to refrain from venturing out for non-urgent and non-essential purposes and strictly comply with anti-Covid-19 protocols, the local media reported.

Under the decision signed by the Bac Lieu government on July 11, Phuoc Long District began social distancing under Directive 15 for 21 days on the same day. Since the current fourth wave of Covid-19 emerged in late April, Bac Lieu Province has reported 10 Covid-19 infections, with four detected in Phuoc Long District.

In another development, Vung Tau City has written to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau government proposing imposing social distancing in the entire city in line with Directive 16 for two weeks from July 14 until 27 after several Covid-19 cases were detected.

Between June 28 and July 12, the province confirmed 64 locally-infected Covid-19 cases.

The provincial steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control asked the districts, towns and cities not to receive people from areas applying social distancing under Directive 16, except for special reasons, including emergencies, goods and food supply and building material transport.

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