A student sanitizes her hands before entering a school in Gia Lam District, Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Authorities in Hanoi have ordered the suspension of in-person learning along with multiple other restrictions in ten districts that are currently at high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The municipal Department of Education and Training issued on Monday an announcement about teaching methods commensurate with the risk level in each locale.
Accordingly, in-person learning must be suspended in districts at risk level three, also known as orange zone or high risk in the government’s four-level risk assessment.
The activity can resume in areas at risk level two, meaning yellow zone or medium risk, and lower.
Ten districts in the Vietnamese capital are currently classified as orange zones, namely Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hoang Mai, Long Bien, Nam Tu Liem, Tay Ho, Thanh Xuan, Thanh Tri, and Gia Lam.
Eighteen other locales in the city are at risk level two while the remaining two are at risk level one.
Aside from the cessation of offline learning, areas at high risk have to cancel cultural, sports, and entertainment activities.
F&B establishments are only allowed to sell takeaways and must close before 9:00 pm, whereas makeshift markets are shut down.
Hanoi’s daily count of COVID-19 infections exceeded 2,000 on Sunday and Monday.
The city has recorded nearly 52,000 local cases since the fourth virus wave hit Vietnam on April 27.
Local authorities had required all students to stay home and switch to remote learning since May 4 due to the serious outbreak.
Nine graders in low-risk districts were allowed to return to school in November, while twelfth graders resumed in-person learning in early December.
Over 6.8 million out of eight million people of the Vietnamese capital city have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, with more than 6.2 million of them fully vaccinated, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.
The city is carrying out vaccinations against COVID-19 for local children aged 12 to 17 until the end of the first quarter of 2022.