Hanoi donors contribute over 176,000 USD to COVID-19 relief effort hinh anh 1Organisations, businesses and individuals in Hanoi make donations to aid the country's COVID-19 relief effort. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Organisations, businesses and individuals in Hanoi have so far donated more than 4.1 billion VND (nearly 176,300 USD) COVID-19 relief effort, said the Hanoi chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF Hanoi) on March 20.

The donations were made in response to the VFF Central Committee’s call for all people to contribute to the pandemic prevention and control.

Among the largest contributors were the Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), who donated medical supplies worth 3 billion VND, the Hanoi chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha donating 650 million VND for the installment of a negative pressure room to treat infected people, and Tho Lao Pagoda in Hai Ba Trung district with a donation of 100 million VND.

Not only fortunate people, the less fortune have also joined the national effort to combat the wide-spreading coronavirus which has infected 85 people in Vietnam so far. Nguyen Van Ta from Hung Tien commune, My Duc district has donated his savings to the relief fund.

Chairwoman of the VFF Hanoi Nguyen Lan Huong expressed her heartfelt thanks to the donors, pledging all the donations will be used to curb the spread of the virus.

She also urged people to continue supporting the campaign by contributing money, necessary things and ideas.

On the same day, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung dismissed rumors about a lockdown of Hanoi since the number of confirmed cases in the capital city continues rising.

Hanoi is putting the pandemic under control, he said, calling people to stay calm and be cautious about the rumors.

Chung went on to say that the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control will provide local people with regular updates and transparent information about the outbreak.

The city will continue taking drastic measures to protect people’s lives and health as well as contain the virus transmission, he added./.