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Ho Chi Minh City tightens management of homeless people amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Ho Chi Minh City tightens management of homeless people amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 17:13 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City tightens management of homeless people amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Homeless residents get on a vehicle of competent authorities in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, August 23, 2021. Photo: Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City administration has requested competent authorities to boost the management over homeless people by testing the individuals for COVID-19 and bringing them to either social protection centers or treatment facilities.

In a document released on Monday, the municipal People’s Committee directed the administrations in 21 districts and Thu Duc City, in coordination with police and military units, to conduct patrols and make a list of all homeless people in their corresponding areas.

These residents will undergo rapid COVID-19 testing and be taken to social protection centers in Binh Thanh District and Thu Duc City if their results come back negative.

Those who test positive for the novel coronavirus will be brought to district-level quarantine and treatment facilities.

Regarding homeless people who are drug users, they will be brought to the Binh Trieu quarantine center if they are infected with COVID-19 along with mild or no symptoms.

Those having severe symptoms will be admitted to a makeshift hospital in Cu Chi District.

Social protection centers are responsible for arranging accommodations for homeless residents.

After arriving at the venues, these individuals must undergo a 21-day quarantine period to make sure they are clear of the virus.

Vietnam had documented 358,456 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 154,612 recoveries and 8,666 deahts, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has recorded 354,355 domestic infections in 62 provinces and cities, including 180,245 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, since the beginning of the fourth wave on April 27.

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