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275 coronavirus cases detected at Ho Chi Minh City export processing zone

275 coronavirus cases detected at Ho Chi Minh City export processing zone

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 12:00 GMT+7
275 coronavirus cases detected at Ho Chi Minh City export processing zone
Workers travel home from Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A total of 275 COVID-19 cases have been detected via rapid testing at a major export processing zone in Ho Chi Minh City.

The cases were detected at Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7, Nguyen Hoai Nam, deputy director of the municipal Department of Health, said at a press meeting on Monday afternoon.

Dr. Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC), assessed that the infection cluster at the export processing zone may worsen.

The HCDC thus advised authorities in District 7 to temporarily suspend operations at the venue to prevent the spread of the virus.

Competent authorities have initiated contact tracing and other pandemic prevention and control measures.

Covering 300 hectares, Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone houses about 250 companies with approximately 40,000 workers.

Since the fourth COVID-19 outbreak broke out in Vietnam on April 27, Ho Chi Minh City has registered 15,141 cases in the community and is the largest epicenter in the country.

The city imposed intensified social distancing measures, namely banning public gatherings of more than two people, suspending public transport, and requiring residents to stay home, from Friday last week.

Vietnam had documented 32,665 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, with 9,331 recoveries and 125 deaths.

The country has recorded 29,154 local infections in 58 provinces and cities since April 27.

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