Houdin HAP Communications
VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) – Wake up when a speaker outside the window starts community broadcasting at 7 a.m. Try to remember the date. The pandemic blockade of Vietnam has taken me too long to lose my sense of time. I am counting weekly now.
This is the ninth time I’ve been stuck at Vung Tau, a seaside resort more than 1,500 km (900 miles) from my home in Hanoi.
I get out of bed before breakfast, following my yoga routine. When I open Matt, the broadcast provides the latest pandemic news and plays propaganda-style songs. “Citizens, let’s work together in this fight to make COVID disappear…”
I arrived in Vung Tau over a long weekend to visit my partner in mid-July.
In calmer times, there are crowds of people fleeing the city in search of fresh air, sunshine and delicious seafood.
When I started my journey, there was a new outbreak in Vietnam, but as before, I was confident that Vietnam could stop it soon. To date, Vietnam has won worldwide praise for its successful pandemic, reporting more than 8,000 cases and 35 viral deaths.
Everything changed with the arrival of the Delta variant.
Stocks spread to markets and communities across the country via factories in industrial areas such as wildfires. In Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city with a population of one crore, officials have ordered a blockade of the entire city. It soon expanded to include the entire southern region, which is home to more than a third of the country’s 98 million people.
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