In a statement on Sunday, the Vietnamese government said, its business hub Ho Chi Minh City will begin social distancing measures for 15 days starting from May 31. The effort is aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic.
The business hub saw a spike in cases related to a religious mission that recorded at least 125 positive cases, accounting for the bulk of the city’s infections.
“All events that gather more than 10 people in public are banned city-wide, but the city is considering to lower the number of people to just five,” said the government.
“Go Vap district, where the Revival Ekklesia Mission is located, will be under full restrictions, and people there will not be allowed to go out unnecessarily,” said the Vietnamese government in the statement.
On Friday, Ho Chi Minh City closed down all shops, restaurants and other services and suspended religious activities until further notice.
People above 60 were encouraged to stay home.