Hoi An people unite to battle coronavirus

(VOVWORLD) - With Covid-19 resurfacing in Vietnam, the Quang Nam provincial government has extended social distancing in the world-famous Hoi An city, which has been in place since July 31.  

It has been a week since Mr. Tran Trung Xe - owner of a company specializing in sound and light service in Hoi An established a daily routine of driving around the city announcing news to raise people’s awareness on Covid-19 prevention and control.

Xe’s car, equipped with 2 speakers on the roof, has become a motivational vehicle for many Hoi An people who are under self-quarantine.

“I think it’s a normal joint liability of every single citizen during the Covid-19 time. If we come together and fight the virus, it will soon be eliminated,” Xe told VOV. 

Hoi An people unite to battle coronavirus  - ảnh 1 Hoi An is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. (Photo: VOV)

Starting from July 31, Hoi An has enforced social distancing rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A multitude of people who have had direct contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients, referred to as F1 cases, along with those who had direct contact with them, known as F2 cases, are identified and quarantined.

Transferring F1 and F2 to quarantine camps is a risky job butmany volunteer groups and individualsare willing to help.

Nguyen Tri Minh, Director of Minh Travel Hoi An, said, "Transferring F1 and F2 is a risky job, which requires a warm heart and cold head. We try our best to do the task.” 

Hoi An people unite to battle coronavirus  - ảnh 2 Free food, medical equipment, and daily necessities are delivered to people under quarantine in Hoi An. (Photo: VOV)

Hoi An people are asked to limit going out unless for necessities and other emergency cases.  Road check-points are established in some residential areas like An Hoi and Thinh My, who have thousands of citizens under self-quarantine.

Free food, medical equipment and necessities are delivered directly to the check-points. A Facebook page named "Joining hands to repel Covid-19" with nearly 500 members has been established to provide information on ways to support people who are in coronavirus hotspots. 

Mai Kim Phuong, Chairman of Cam Ha Commune People's Committee, said he burst into tears witnessing people preparing food for households under quarantine.

 “I saw several strangers sending packages of meat, shrimp, and vegetables to support households in Cam Ha village. This meaningful act really touches me,” Phuong said. 

Mr. Tran Tan Dung, Chairman of the Fatherland Front of Hoi An, said the city has received support from organizations and individuals. 

“Hoi An people’s caring and sharing shines through difficulties. Volunteers wake up at 4 in the morning preparing meals for people in quarantine areas. We better understand and together unite to fight the epidemic,” Dung said.

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