Can Gio has become the third district in Ho Chi Minh City to claim successful control of the coronavirus pandemic, after District 7 and Cu Chi District.
Le Minh Dung, secretary of the Can Gio Party Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday afternoon that the district had met the criteria for COVID-19 control and had a plan to ease restrictions on some production activities after September 15.
The number of coronavirus infections in the district has decreased remarkably over the past 14 days, according to Dung.
The total now stands at 1,123 cases, 763 of which have recovered from the disease.
The district recorded 213 new cases from August 16 to 22.
That weekly number descended to 83 new cases from August 30 to Saturday, down 61.2 percent.
The latest infection chain detected in Can Gio was on August 24, while new transmissions after that mostly came from zoned-off areas and centralized quarantine facilities.
Functional forces had tested more than 40,000 samples from August 16 to last Friday, 158 of which returned positive for the virus.
August 18 marked the highest infection rate of 4.87 percent among tested samples, while the proportion was zero on some other days.
Nguyen Van Hong, chairman of Can Gio, assessed that the pandemic situation in the district has been basically controlled as the local people strictly follow social distancing measures.
The district’s administration has ensured the people’s livelihoods, with almost all residents adversely affected by COVID-19 having received the municipal and central government’s aid, Hong said.
Authorities have also administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nearly all local citizens above 18 years old and the second shot to 30 percent of them, he added.
The district is aiming at maintaining the aforementioned results and relaxing restrictions on some production and business activities after September 15, once receiving approval from the municipal administration.
Its first target is to gradually resume aquaculture and fishing activities in order to revive its economy with seaside advantages.
“However, this resumption must ensure people’s safety first,” Hong said.
“The production and business forces must have two doses of vaccines so that their activities can confidently resume step by step.”
Last Thursday, authorities declared that the COVID-19 pandemic has been kept under control in Cu Chi District and District 7.
Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City remains the gravest coronavirus outbreak site in Vietnam, recording over 265,800 cases since the fourth wave emerged in the Southeast Asian country on April 27.