The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has set up two additional makeshift COVID-19 treatment hospitals which focus on treating patients with mild symptoms.
The decision came after the number of cases in the city exceeded 3,000 and is expected to continue rising in the coming time, said Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the municipal health department.
One of the two new infirmaries was established at the dormitory of the Center for National Defense and Security Training under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, located in Di An City in neighboring Binh Duong Province.
This facility has the capacity of 1,000 beds and was put into operation on Saturday.
The other makeshift hospital was set up at Zone A Dormitory of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City.
The venue offers 4,000 beds and will be put into operation in the future depending on the pandemic situation in the city.
The new facilities will treat COVID-19 patients with no or mild symptoms.
Those who develop more serious symptoms will be transferred to existing COVID-19 treatment facilities in the city.
The establishment of the two new hospitals will help doctors focus on treating seriously ill patients and thus minimize the number of coronavirus-related deaths.
Vietnam has documented 15,325 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning, with 6,137 recoveries and 75 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 11,995 local infections in 48 provinces and cities since the fourth transmission wave began on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City ranks second in the table with 3,058 cases.
With the two new makeshift hospitals, the metropolis has a total of 13 COVID-19 treatment facilities, whose combined capacity is 10,000 beds.