JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Ho Chi Minh City keeps applying social distancing measures amid COVID-19 escalation

Ho Chi Minh City keeps applying social distancing measures amid COVID-19 escalation

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 18:14 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City keeps applying social distancing measures amid COVID-19 escalation
This image shows a health worker taking a nasal swab from a resident in Ho Chi Minh City for COVID-19 testing. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

As an effort to curb the coronavirus spread, Vietnam’s economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City has decided to maintain its own epidemic control measures after the social distancing period under a prime ministerial directive has expired.

The decision was announced by deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc at a press conference held on Monday afternoon, focusing on epidemic control measures.

The city would continue to apply social distancing measures as stated in its Directive 10, after the social distancing period under prime ministerial Directive 15 ended at 0:00 am on Tuesday, the official said.

This decision came as the city has recently topped the country in daily new COVID-19 infections, with more than 100 cases added every day from many new clusters.

“There is no date of expiry for the social distancing period under Directive 10, so the city will continue to apply it from June 29,” vice-chairman Duc said.

Directive 10, which started to be enacted by the municipal administration on June 19, requires suspension of non-essential businesses and unofficial markets, public gatherings of no more than three people, and a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between people in public.

Residents are required to stay home and only go outside to buy food and supplies, seek emergency treatment, or go to work.

On May 31, Ho Chi Minh City began implementing social distancing measures under Directive 15 within 15 days for the entire city, except for Go Vap District and Thanh Loc Ward of District 12, where the stricter prime ministerial Directive 16 was applied.

On June 14, as the epidemic situation remained complicated, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong decided to continue applying Directive 15 for the whole city for an additional two weeks, from June 15 to June 29.

Currently, the city is accelerating its mass COVID-19 vaccination drive which started on June 19 using 836,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by the Japanese government.

As of 6:00 pm on Sunday, nearly 711,000 residents had been vaccinated against COVID-19, local authorities reported on Monday.

In a report issued on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 102 new COVID-19 cases, including 94 domestic and eight imported infections, of which 54 were logged in Ho Chi Minh City.

The total number of coronavirus patients across the country has amounted to 16,238, including 6,519 recoveries and 78 deaths, since early 2020.

Since the pandemic’s fourth wave that appeared in Vietnam on April 27, the nation has documented 12,882 infections, the ministry said.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

‘Taste of Australia’ gala dinner held in Ho Chi Minh City after 2-year hiatus

Taste of Australia Gala Reception has returned to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vietnamese woman gives unconditional love to hundreds of adopted children

Despite her own immense hardship, she has taken in and cared for hundreds of orphans over the past three decades.

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Latest news

Bangladesh ferry disaster death toll climbs to 61

The death toll from the sinking of an overcrowded ferry carrying Hindu devotees in northern Bangladesh climbed to 61 on Tuesday, with many passengers still missing two days after the disaster