Ho Chi Minh City to gradually reopen economy as infection cases decline

September 06, 2021 | 13:41
Ho Chi Minh City is planning to pilot the reopening in District 7 and Cu Chi district when infections decrease.
Ho Chi Minh City to gradually reopen economy as infection cases decline
Ho Chi Minh City is planning to gradually reopen the economy

On September 5, Nguyen Van Nen, Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee said that the city is planning to pilot the reopening in District 7 and Cu Chi district before replicating it over the whole city.

Ho Chi Minh City is the beating heart of the Vietnamese economy and even a short closure will have a big impact on the whole supply chain. While it is impossible to completely root out infections, it is possible to reopen the economy slowly and gradually to keep infections at a minimal rate.

Secretary Nen highlighted that citizens need to prepare and be ready to change their daily living habits to live with the pandemic.

“We cannot worry about the pandemic and neglect production," Nen emphasised and added that Ho Chi Minh City would return to normal with the dual goals of safe production and COVID-19 control.

Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has decided to set up a steering committee for COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control and economic recovery with four working groups, which are preparing relevant contents for each period from September 15 to December 31 and from 2022 to the following years.

There is no specific schedule for reopening yet.

Up to now, green and near-green zones make up 0.8 per cent of the city's area, while yellow zones account for 1.5 per cent. Orange and red areas declined from 3.6 to 2.7 per cent.

By Trúc Anh

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