Photos show life under Covid-19 lockdown in Vietnam town
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According to Vn Express, Quang Ninh Province People's Committee decided to lock down Cai Rong from Jan. 30 to Feb. 21 after it registered infections linked to Van Don International Airport.
After that, local residents supply basic necessities to their relatives who are under quarantine in Van Don's Ha Long Commune. Few people are seen on the town's main road, leading to Cai Rong Port and Van Don International Airport.
|A checkpoint at the entrance to Cai Rong Town of Van Don District. Photo: Vn Express.|
|Local residents supply basic necessities to their relatives who are under quarantine in Van Don's Ha Long Commune. Photo: Vn Express.|
Trung Sun restaurant associated with a Covid-19 case has been shut down. On Jan. 21, the restaurant owner welcomed a delegation of about 60 people from Van Don Airport, including an airport security staff member later designated "patient 1553."
|Few people are seen on the town's main road, leading to Cai Rong Port and Van Don International Airport. Photo: Vn Express.|
|Trung Sun restaurant associated with a Covid-19 case has been shut down. Photo: Vn Express.|
All business and service activities are operating as normal. Shops selling lanterns and decorations for the Lunar New Year have no customers though.
Cai Rong Market, where "patient 1659" often came to buy food, is still operating normally after authorities disinfected the area and tracked down those who had frequented it. A checkpoint was also set up where shoppers could register their health status and have their temperature screened.
|All business and service activities are operating as normal. Photo: Vn Express.|
|A family cleans their home to prepare for the Lunar New Year. Photo: Vn Express.|
|Photo: VN Express.|
Cuc, 57, said: "Because of the lockdown, my customers now are mainly townspeople. I normally sell nearly 100 kilograms a day but now I only sell 30 kilograms."
Hoang Van Binh, a 23-year-old from the north-central Thanh Hoa Province, said he went to Quang Ninh's Dong Trieu District on Jan. 27 to buy more than 100 peach blossoms for about VND100 million (over $4,300) and brought them to Van Don for sale. But the next day, Covid-19 resurfaced with a record single-day tally of 93. Only a few customers have been coming to look at and buy his trees.
|The wet market is less bustling than usual. Photo: Vn Express.|
|Photo: Vn Express|
"A few days into lockdown, my friends helped me set up a temporary tent. All daily activities are very inconvenient. Sometimes it is difficult to even buy rice. I don't think I will be able to return to my hometown for Tet."
The Cai Rong port area has no visitors as the government prohibits road and water vehicles from operating.
|Photo: VN Express|
|The Cai Rong port area has no visitors as the government prohibits road and water vehicles from operating. Photo: VN Express.|
Ever since community transmissions returned on Jan. 28, infections have spread to 10 cities and provinces with 276 cases confirmed by the Health Ministry, including 30 cases in Quang Ninh Province. Officials have yet to identify the source of the new transmissions.
The quick response to the pandemic by top leaders show the preparedness of Vietnam in the fight against Covid-19 at a time when the country's biggest holiday is approaching, Hanoi Times reported.
|Medical workers disinfect a neighborhood in the northern Quang Ninh Province after a person was confirmed infected with Covid-19, January 27, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Cuong.|
The Lunar New Year or Tet holiday will last 10 days. Prior to the celebration, there are large movements of people to prepare for the traditional event.
Thanks to drastic efforts in isolating pandemic-stricken areas and contract tracing, COVID-19 clusters in Hai Duong and Quang Ninh have been basically put under control, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Speaking at the Cabinet meeting on February 2, he stressed that the most important task is to track individuals who came in close contact with the infected cases, VGP reported.
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