People of Ha Loi set free after COVID-19 lockdown

20:00 | 06/05/2020
On 12am today (May 6), the locked-down Ha Loi hamlet in Hanoi's Me Linh district was officially set free, allowing more than 10,000 local residents to return to normalcy after 28 days in isolation to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
Ha Loi celebrating the end of compulsory isolation

Ha Loi hamlet is famous for being one of the main flower producers in Hanoi and the north of Vietnam. Just a blink after the isolation ended, the road leading to the hamlet was filled with endless vehicles carrying flowers.

people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
Ha Loi residents were overjoyed to be able to leave the hamlet and start selling flowers and produce again

The hamlet is home to 2,700 households with 11,500 people, all of whom went into compulsory isolation for 28 days since April 8 when the 243rd COVID-19 patient was diagnosed. So far, Ha Loi has spent 21 days on lockdown without a new case. In addition, all the villagers were tested negative by Hanoi Centre for Disease Control.

people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown

Ta Quang Thai, chairman of Me Linh Communal People's Committee said, "Even after lifting the blockade in Ha Loi hamlet, residents still have to abide by social distancing and stay at home unless absolutely necessary. People are all required to wear face masks when going outside and cannot gather in crowds. Those who do not comply with the regulations will be punished."

After isolation, the locality still maintains 74 supervisory groupsto daily monitor residents' health and propagate prevention and control measures, next to timely detecting suspicious cases.

people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
Authorities removing the quarantine facilities around Ha Loi

Ha Loi used to be one of Vietnam's COVID-19 hotspot, with 13 out of the total 271 patients across the country. In the latest update on May 6, Vietnam has found no newly infected patients for 20 days, and 232 patients have been discharged from hospital, 39 cases are being treated, and no deaths have been reported.

To date in Vietnam, there are 34,097 people under quarantine who have been in close contact with infected patients and people entering Vietnam from other countries affected areas.

people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
The essential workers who have been managing the health and safety of Ha Loi residents
people of ha loi set free after covid 19 lockdown
The communal People's Committee held a ceremony to officially lift the lockdown

By Hoang Manh Thang - Tu My

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