Vietnam’s commercial hub back in business

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Ho Chi Minh City on Friday lifted a stay-at-home order that had kept its nine million residents indoors for three months and devastated business in Viet-nam’s economic hub.

To curb a fast-spreading wave of Covid-19 — which struck the southern metropolis particularly hard — residents have been unable to leave home, even for food, and almost all travel in and out of the area was suspended.

Almost half of Vietnam’s total 790,000 virus cases were reported in the city, along with three-quarters of the country’s deaths.

But after a gradual fall in cases, soldiers began dismantling road barriers on Friday .—AFP

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