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Chao Hanoi April 2020 1 9

Hanoi is set to ease its social distancing rules after the city made a direct appeal to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to downgrade the city from being at “high-risk” to the coronavirus to “medium risk,” according to Vietnam News Wednesday night.

On Wednesday morning the National Committee on the Prevention and Combat Against Covid-19 had proposed keeping Hanoi as a high-risk group and extending the social distance measures until April 30, but the Hanoi government made a direct appeal for the downgrade and it was granted.

“Many parts of the world are still in the midst of an epidemic, so the risks are not over. So adapting to Covid-19 is now normal and disease control is still needed,” the prime minister said.

The move means that economic activities can start again, but the city must maintain strict measures to avoid the spread of the disease.

A number of areas in Hanoi will still be considered high-risk, such as Thuong Tin and Me Linh districts.

Non-essential business can now be carried out in medium risk areas, as long as strict safety measures are ensured. Large gatherings are still forbidden.

The last reported case of the coronavirus in Vietnam was Thursday morning.

The coronavirus has infected almost 2.6 million people in over 200 countries and regions worldwide, killing over 178,000.

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