Crowds of people returned to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of January 3 which marked the end of the three-day holiday for the New Year, in order to resume work and study, resulting in crowded situations to occur at the entrances of the cities.
At the intersection of Giai Phong–Ngoc Hoi, on-duty officials are swift to respond to the buildup of traffic and divide crowds from a distance to allow congestion to flow.
A number of vehicles add to the crowds on Nguyen Xien road, with some vehicles even going onto the sidewalk to get out of the traffic jam.
People bring back luggage from their hometown to continue working and studying in major cities.
Vehicles move at a snail’s pace at the Xa Dan-Pham Ngoc Thach intersection.
Contrary to the image of prolonged congestion hitting main streets throughout Hanoi, the scene at the Phap Van–Cau Gie expressway toll station on the afternoon of January 3 shows that traffic volume remains sparse.
An image of clear roads can be seen at the gateway to the city as people choose to limit their travel due to COVID-19 fears.
Several major coach stations throughout the capital are left unusually quiet at the end of the three-day holiday for the New Year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At highway 13 which connects Thu Duc city to Binh Duong province, the number of travelers is more crowded compared to usual, although scenes are not as crowded as in previous years.
Whilst traffic jams hits some intersections, it doesn’t last long. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local people are afraid of returning to their hometown for fear of further spreading the pandemic, meaning they choose to stay in the southern city during the New Year holiday.
A similarly quiet image can be seen at Mien Dong (western) coach station on the afternoon of January 3.
Localities move to strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures in order to control the movement of people, causing plenty of concern among local people who wish to visit their relatives in their hometowns.
Mien Dong (western) coach station falls quiet on the last day of the New Year holiday.
Few passengers return to Ho Chi Minh City following the New Year holiday.