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PM urges safety in industrial zones against COVID-19

by NDO25 May 2021 Last updated at 10:20 AM

Workers at an industrial park in Bac Giang province giving samples for COVID-19 testing. (Photo: NDO)
Workers at an industrial park in Bac Giang province giving samples for COVID-19 testing. (Photo: NDO)

VTV.vn - The Prime Minister has ordered the relevant ministries, agencies and localities to take strong measures to ensure safety in industrial parks against COVID-19.

In the latest Official Letter 680/CĐ-TTg, the PM stated that in order to prevent disruption to the supply chain and large-scale production, as well as realising the dual goals of pandemic prevention and economic development, the concerned ministries, sectors and localities need to stay vigilant and strictly follow the directions of the Secretariat, the Government, the PM and the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Chairpersons of the People’s Committees of cities and provinces, along with the Ministers of Industry and Trade and Planning and Investment, are responsible for guiding industrial parks and plants on prevention measures, evaluating safety levels, as well as updating their situation on the COVID-19 map.

Any plant failing to ensure safety will be ordered to halt operations, the document stated.

Health declarations are compulsory for all workers and people involved in industrial zones and factories, including suppliers, transporters of materials, goods and servings. Strict punishment will be applied on anyone who does not make health declarations or who makes a dishonest health declaration.

The Minister of Health is to issue documents guiding quarantine and testing for workers at industrial parks in accordance with the developments of the outbreak.


Local residents in a building in Hanoi being tested for COVID-19. (Photo: NDO/Minh Quang)

Local residents in a building in Hanoi being tested for COVID-19. (Photo: NDO/Minh Quang)

Facing the complicated developments of COVID-19 in recent days, on May 24 night, Chairman of the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh issued a dispatch that ordered the closure of all food and beverage establishments as well as hair salons and beauty parlours from 12:00 on May 25.

Food and beverage facilities can only allow takeaways and residents must absolutely stop entertainment activities, physical exercises and large gatherings in parks, gardens and public locations.

People returning to Hanoi from other localities between May 10 and May 24 should make health declarations on website http://tokhaiyte.vn or on the mobile apps NCOVI and Bluezone. Those who have returned to the capital city since May 25 must submit medical declarations within 24 hours.

Local agencies and units are encouraged to increase the application of information technology in management, administration and working online.

Vingroup, T&T Group and other businesses are requested to test employees and residents living on their premises for COVID-19.


A section of Ho Chi Minh Boulevard in Hai Duong city is quarantined due to several COVID-19 cases. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Vinh)

A section of Ho Chi Minh Boulevard in Hai Duong city is quarantined due to several COVID-19 cases. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Vinh)

In the northern province of Hai Duong, local authorities on May 24 decided to apply strict social distancing orders on 10 wards in the capital city of the same name from 0:00 on May 25 until new instructions are issued to supress the outbreaks. Hai Duong city authorities were asked to coordinate with the province’s Special Task Force to decide on specific measures to suit each ward, each residential area and each street to minimise the impact on local socio-economic development.

Also on May 24, the People's Committee of Bac Ninh province sent an official dispatch requesting the People's Committees of the three districts of Thuan Thanh, Que Vo and Yen Phong and Bac Ninh city strictly implement social distancing orders in their locales, asking local people to stay at home, only going out in case of absolute necessity and not to go out after 8 pm.

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