Three apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City have been turned into COVID-19 treatment facilities with the combined capacity of 8,000 beds.
The three apartment complexes, which were originally built for resettlement, are now functioning as COVID-19 treatment hospitals for patients with no or mild symptoms, according to Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of the municipal Department of Health.
The first facility, which was established at an apartment building in Tan Thoi Nhat Ward, District 12, began receiving patients on Monday afternoon.
With two blocks having 10 stories each, it has the capacity of 2,000 beds.
The second and third hospitals were set up at two apartment buildings in Thu Duc City and Binh Chanh District.
These two facilities, each having 3,000 beds, were put into operation on Wednesday.
|A group of patients are brought to the COVID-19 treatment hospital in District 12, Ho Chi Minh, July 6, 2021. Photo: Hoang Loc / Tuoi Tre
Authorities previously established a COVID-19 treatment hospital for patients with no or mild symptoms at the dormitory of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Thu Duc City.
With the capacity of 4,000 beds, the venue has been operating over the past ten days.
According to the municipal health department, about 80 percent of COVID-19 patients in the city have mild symptoms or do not have any symptoms at all.
Therefore, it is necessary to form treatment facilities exclusively for such patients.
Vietnam has documented 22,741 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 8,077 recoveries and 102 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded over 19,000 local infections in 56 provinces and cities since the fourth outbreak started on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City is currently the hardest-hit locality with 8,002 cases.