HCMC urged to apply social distancing after dozens test positive for coronavirus.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long proposed Ho Chi Minh City apply social distancing in some areas following surging infections linked to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

These high-risk areas should be governed by the government’s Directive 16 that bans public gatherings of more than two people and asks people to stay home, stepping out only for emergencies, Long said.

The proposal was made at a meeting Monday after HCMC recorded five recent community transmissions, all being baggage handlers at Tan Son Nhat Airport and 25 of their close contacts who have tested positive for the virus and are awaiting Health Ministry confirmation as Covid-19 patients. The source of the new cluster at the airport has not been determined.

Vietnamese will celebrate Tet, the country’s biggest festival, this Friday but authorities in HCMC decided to cancel firework shows on Lunar New Year’s Eve amid the complicated development of the pandemic.

source: VN

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