‘Living with COVID-19’ – Vietnam’s biggest city proposes economic restart

 ‘Living with COVID-19’ – Vietnam’s biggest city proposes economic restart

Customers search for food on near empty shelves that were depleted due to panic buying amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

HANOI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Vietnam’s coronavirus epicentre Ho Chi Minh City is proposing to emerge from a strict lockdown and resume economic activities from Sept. 15, shifting from its “Zero-COVID-19” strategy to living with the virus, according to a draft proposal.

The city of 9 million people is targeting a phased reopening of its economy and the full vaccination of its citizens by the end of this year, according to the draft seen by Reuters, which has yet to be endorsed.

Ho Chi Minh City last month deployed troops to enforce its lockdown and prohibited residents from leaving their homes to slow a spiralling rate of deaths. Just 2.9% of Vietnam’s 98 million population has been fully vaccinated. read more

The draft proposes that the…

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