Hanoi halts all non-essential services from 0:00 on July 19 hinh anh 1Testing for COVID-19 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -  Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh on July 18 ordered halting all non-essential services amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, Hanoi citizens are required to stay at home and only go out when necessary such as business trip, food and medicine purchase, and other emergency cases like health check-ups and treatment.

The municipal authorities also asked residents not to gather more than five people outside the workplaces, schools and hospitals, and fill in health declarations on the website www.tokhaiyte.vn or apps Ncovi and Bluezone.

Agencies, businesses, including foreign-invested ones, were urged to actively outline online working or work-in-shift plans.

Shopping malls, supermarkets, wholesale and wet markets in the city only sell necessities. Public transport means must reduce seats by half.

The city directed preparing sufficient food and necessities in every case./.