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University students in Ho Chi Minh City spare dorms for COVID-19 quarantine

University students in Ho Chi Minh City spare dorms for COVID-19 quarantine

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 11:47 GMT+7
University students in Ho Chi Minh City spare dorms for COVID-19 quarantine
Students move out of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City dormitories to leave rooms for COVID-19 quarantine in March 2020. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

All students living at the dormitories of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) have had to move out to leave rooms for people needing to be quarantined for COVID-19 prevention.

According to the announcement of the VNU-HCM’s dormitory management center on Friday night, the students have to collect and move their belongings out of the dorm rooms by 5:00 pm on June 1.

Students hailing from virus-hit areas as announced by the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control and some special cases can apply for the dorm management center’s consideration to remain in designated rooms.

Those allowed to continue staying are requested to strictly adhere to the management center’s regulations and COVID-19 measures.

Nearly 35,700 students board at the VNU-HCM dormitories, according to the management center.

Many of them have left for their hometowns since their universities switched to remote learning for coronavirus prevention.

This is not the first time the VNU-HCM dormitories have been requisitioned for quarantine purposes.

Between March and May 2020, VNU-HCM students spared their dorm rooms for quarantined people.

Established in 2000, the VNU-HCM dormitory system is the largest of its kind in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia, the management center claimed on its website.

It covers an area of 50.77 hectares in Thu Duc City and is divided into two complexes, with 27 buildings from 15 to 16 floors and 20 buildings with five floors, able to provide rooms for nearly 60,000 students.

The requisition of the VNU-HCM dormitories comes as Ho Chi Minh City authorities are preparing for emergency situations in its current battle against COVID-19.

The southern metropolis has recorded several dozen local infections in this new wave, most associated with a religious mission in Go Vap District.

Vietnam has detected 3,594 domestic infections in 32 provinces and cities since April 27, when the fourth wave broke out in the Southeast Asian country, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The nation has recorded 6,657 cumulative COVID-19 patients since the virus first emerged in it on January 23, 2020.

Recoveries have hit 2,896 while 47 virus-related fatalities have been documented so far.

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