Vietnamese police hand over an economic suspect to their Chinese counterparts, October 20, 2017. Photo: People’s Daily
Vietnamese police hand over an economic suspect to their Chinese counterparts, October 20, 2017. Photo: People’s Daily

Vietnam will ban events and gatherings of more than 20 people across the country in an effort to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday.

The new restrictions will go into effect from Saturday for at least one week, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a government meeting on Thursday, the news agency reported.

The prime minister called on major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho to temporarily shut down all services except pharmacies and other essential stores.

He also advised people to stay at home, refrain from using public transport and turn to online working or other suitable forms to work as part of the ongoing efforts to limit the outbreak spread.

Earlier, the People’s Committees of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have ordered to limit public gatherings and shut down all non-essential services including restaurants, cinemas, clubs, bars, massage parlors, karaoke lounges and places of worship, requiring local residents to stay at home and go out only for essential reasons.

To date, Vietnam has recorded a total of 153 COVID-19 patients, of whom 17 have been discharged from hospital after recovery, with no deaths recorded. Enditem

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