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The decision was issued to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, after two locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were detected in the city in the past few days.

The organization of events attracting crowds such as festivals, fairs, trade promotions and conferences will be halted. Local authorities also warned against large gatherings at weddings and funerals, and of more than 30 at public places (except for schools and hospitals).

The leaders of the city also asked agencies and authorities at all levels to stay vigilant against the pandemic and revise plans on battling the pandemic in the new circumstances.

The Department of Information and Communications was requested to bolster communications activities on the pandemic, preventive measures and health recommendations.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health annnounced that there were 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ho Chi Minh City as of July 30th.

According to the department, some 9,000 people recently returning from Da Nang, home to the latest COVID-19 outbreak, have made health declarations, while nearly 6,000 had their samples taken./.