Streets in HCMC deserted on first day of lockdown

HCMC - Many streets in HCMC this morning, July 9 were completely deserted, while stores, restaurants and eateries have shut down as the city began the 15-day lockdown in line withe the prime minister’s Directive 16 today to suppress the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Few vehicles and motorcyclists seen at Ly Thai To Roundabout in District 10, different from the image of crowds of vehicles and people before – PHOTOS: MINH HOANG
Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1 is deserted during peak hours
All stores and shops selling non-essential items close down in line with the social distancing order
Several people stand in line to buy food
A couple return home after buying rice for stockpiling
A bakery sees no customers
An eatery on Ba Hat Street in District 5 has being closed its door for two months due to Covid-19. The owner of the eatery is considering returning the premises as the eatery has incurred heavy losses
A motorcycle rider is concerned about Covid-19 infection, but is still trying to work for a living
Two goods delivery drivers seen riding on a quiet street in HCMC
A man buys medicines at a drugstore to prevent diseases during the social distancing period
A Grab driver on the path delivering goods to customers