Hanoi suspends outdoor sports amid coronavirus fears

By Vo Hai July 8, 2021 | 01:04 PT

People cycle around Hanoi’s iconic Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Hanoi will suspend all outdoor sports activities from 6 p.m. Thursday amid growing concern over the coronavirus, according to a document released by the Municipal People’s Committee.

This means that only indoor food and drink facilities are allowed to operate in the capital from 6 p.m. The document also called on people to only go out for necessary purposes, while adhering to coronavirus control measures like wearing masks.

The city just reopened outdoor activities, including golf, on June 25, with the local outbreak under control at the time.

Authorities have already erected Covid-19 checkpoints in areas vulnerable to infection, including industrial parks, markets, shopping malls, parks and other public places.

“There is no room for complacency,” said Municipal People’s Committee Chairman Chu Xuan Dung, who released the document.

This week alone, Hanoi observed 18 new local coronavirus cases from several clusters, including the Thang Long industrial park in Dong Anh district, which employs thousands of workers.

The capital has confirmed 484 local cases of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s fourth wave of coronavirus since late April, including 148 contained in its locked hospitals.

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