Danang wrestles with latest Covid-19 wave; keeps hope alive
A group of tourists arrive at the Danang International Airport in March 2021 - PHOTO: NHAN TAM
DANANG – After effectively containing the pandemic and attaining a Covid-19-free status for a few months, the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Epidemic Prevention in Danang announced that a man had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the central city on May 3.
The 28-year-old from Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, works at the spa at Phu An Hotel on Hai Thang Chin Street, Hai Chau District, Danang City. From April 28 to May 2, 2021, he lived life as normal, indulging in dining, delivery, karaoke activities etc. before being admitted to the Hoan My Hospital in Danang City to seek medical treatment and testing positive for SAR-CoV-2 on May 3. Currently, he has been isolated and is being treated at the Lung Hospital, Danang City.
The case along with the others being reported across Vietnam have dampened the spirits of travel businesses in Danang City and Quang Nam Province, who were hoping to bounce back this year from last year’s pandemic-fueled losses.
However, many businesses in Danang and Quang Nam told The Saigon Times that they had resigned to their fate and were preparing for further losses and even bankruptcy because of the third Covid-19 wave in Danang and across the nation.
Le Ngoc Thuan, owner of The DeckHouse An Bang Beach Restaurant in Hoi An City, spent hundreds of millions of dong to revamp his restaurant and prepare for the An Bang beach festival. However, the event had to be canceled at the last minute because of the prohibition against get-togethers from the local authorities.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Chairman of the Danang Travel Association and Director of Omega Tours Co., whose company has been reeling under losses, said he invested more money into his business in hopes of bouncing back this year. However, his hopes were dashed as all events have been postponed.
He said although there were no official statistics yet, several travel and transport companies in Danang have recorded a large number of tour cancellations.
The two businessmen are not alone. Many others had also invested in transportation, travel and accommodation services to welcome guests in hopes of a recovery this year.
However, although they have accepted their fate, businesses owners said they were not giving up hope in the Central Government and the local authorities, who they hoped would effectively bring the pandemic under control once again with their drastic measures so business could resume as normal.
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