People who travel from Ho Chi Minh City to other Vietnamese provinces and cities are now required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health on Monday sent a document to administrations in all 63 provinces and cities regarding the new quarantine regulation for travelers from Ho Chi Minh City.
All arrivals from the southern city, which is now the country’s largest coronavirus epicenter, have to quarantine at home for 14 days instead of seven days according to the previous regulation announced by the ministry on July 7.
During the 14-day period, the quarantined person has to be tested for COVID-19 three times on the first, seventh, and 13th days.
The decision came after the number of infections originating from Ho Chi Minh City increased rapidly in many areas of Vietnam.
Those participating in inspection and supervision teams in Ho Chi Minh City are not required to self-quarantine.
However, they have to monitor their health for 14 days after returning to their places of residence and avoid coming into contact with others or participating in crowded activities.
Vietnam had documented 33,648 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 9,331 recoveries and 125 deaths.
The country has recorded 30,136 local infections in 58 provinces and cities, including 16,027 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, since the fourth wave broke out on April 27.