Update news reopening
HCM City authorities have issued a directive on measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic and recover the economy after September 30.
HCM City has licenced a number of production facilities, enterprises and services to resume normal operations starting on Friday after a months-long shutdown of tough COVID-19 preventive measures.
The HCM City Department of Transport has drafted travel regulations starting from October 1 that specify where vehicles can ply based on COVID-19 levels.
The number of deaths has decreased significantly and the number of patients discharged from hospitals is higher than the number of new infections in HCM City. Seven localities have contained outbreaks. Construction works have been reactivated.
Markets, hotels, outdoor sports and public transport will resume in the central city from September 30 morning, though other restrictions will remain in place for now.
Many localities in the country have prepared scenarios to ensure safety for students when they return to school.
The Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has set a target of bringing a million workers back to work by the end of 2021.
More than 85,500 businesses, mostly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), have suspended operations or were dissolved in the first eight months of the year because of Covid-19, according to the General Statistics Office.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the Ministry of Health supports the idea that passengers only need to get at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine or have a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 to be allowed to fly.
On the morning of September 28, Hanoi people flocked to the streets, parks, and lakes to jog, cycle and do morning exercise after more than two months under social distancing.
Barriers at hundreds of pandemic checkpoints that blocked off alleys, residential areas and some roads in green zones in HCM City have been removed.
To effectively reopen the economy, HCM City has asked the Government to allow the city to apply its own regulations and a cooperation mechanism among localities.
“My motto is deploying necessary measures drastically – narrow localization, quick tracing and large-scale testing,” Hanoi Party Committee Secretary Dinh Tien Dung said.
In the US, policymakers are in a dilemma when they want to tighten money pumping into the economy to prevent the risk of high inflation, but they are afraid of losing the recovery momentum.
The draft document that guides how to adapt to Covid-19 safely strives for ‘zero Covid’ goal, not ‘living together with the pandemic’, the business community says.