Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have mobilized 200 passenger buses to transport COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms to local treatment facilities.
The number of local COVID-19 infections in the metropolis has been rising rapidly, the municipal Department of Health stated, adding that more than 80 percent of the cases have mild symptoms or show no symptoms at all.
The health department tasked the 115 emergency medical response center with assigning suitable vehicles for the transport of each group of patients.
Accordingly, ambulances will be used to carry coronavirus patients with regular or serious symptoms to local treatment hospitals.
A total of 200 passenger buses, meanwhile, will be mobilized to transport those with mild or no symptoms.
|People in protective clothing are pictured on a passenger bus in this supplied photo.|
The city previously put into operation a treatment facility for COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms 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.
The buses have to meet certain conditions in terms of design and capacity, while drivers must have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) certification.
Vietnam has documented 16,238 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 6,519 recoveries and 78 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health statistics.
The country has recorded 12,882 local infections in 48 provinces and cities since a new wave began on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City ranks second in the table with 3,548 cases.