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Vietnam’s largest city is “LOCKDOWN” again due to COVID-19 epidemic. As the delta strain has caused a rebound of the epidemic in many countries around the world, Vietnam is currently ushering in the most serious wave of COVID-19 epidemics, and its largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, has become the “epicenter” of the epidemic.
According to the latest data on the website of the Ministry of Health of Vietnam tonight (23rd), there were 10,280 new confirmed cases in Vietnam today. Since the 19th, the number of confirmed cases has increased daily for 5 consecutive days.
Among them, Ho Chi Minh City has the largest number of confirmed cases, with 4251 cases. As of this evening (23rd), Vietnam has reported a total of 358,456 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which Ho Chi Minh City has the largest number of cases.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic in April this year, 180,245 cases have been confirmed, more than half of the total number of cases in Vietnam.
Some areas of Ho Chi Minh City were lockdown in May this year, and the city also implemented home quarantine measures in July. At present, in view of the severe epidemic prevention situation, since 0:00 today (23rd), Ho Chi Minh City has once again implemented more stringent blockade and control measures. At the same time, the Vietnamese People’s Army and the Mobile Police Force of the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam have also formally taken over all of the city’s 312 An epidemic prevention checkpoint.
According to a Reuters report today (23rd), Vietnam has deployed troops to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City on the same day to assist in the city’s epidemic blockade measures. According to the report, since April this year, the “Delta” mutant strains that have been raging in various countries around the world have also caused Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, to be “recruited” and become the “severely hit area” of the epidemic.
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Reuters said that as the number of infected people continues to surge, Ho Chi Minh City has adopted “the most stringent control measures to date.” Photos at the scene showed that Vietnamese soldiers were carrying guns on the streets of the city to check people’s travel permits and deliver food to local residents.
According to the website of the Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam on the 22nd, the deputy chief of the general staff of the Vietnamese People’s Army, Lieutenant General Wu Mingjin, led a team to inspect the epidemic prevention and control situation in Ho Chi Minh City. The Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam has also announced that the regular troops of the Vietnamese People’s Army and the mobile police units directly under the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam have also formally taken over all 312 epidemic prevention checkpoints in the city.
According to a report by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on the 21st, the Ho Chi Minh City COVID-19 Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Steering Committee issued a document on strengthening the prevention and control measures of the COVID-19 pneumonia epidemic that day. Among the specific control measures, the people are particularly appealed and required to never go out, and to implement isolation from person to person, household to household, and township and township.
Viet News Agency also stated that during the period from August 23 to September 6 when the control is strengthened, residents of the “green zone” with relatively low risks can go to the vegetable market once a week, while in high-risk and extra-high-risk areas , The towns and villages set up a special working group to replace local residents to go shopping in the vegetable market to ensure social security work.
Despite this, Reuters said that strict control measures have triggered a “panic shopping wave” in the local area. Since they cannot go out at all from the 23rd, a large number of people in Ho Chi Minh City went to supermarkets to snap up supplies and even stock up on medicines, and many supermarkets lined up in front of them. Commodities such as toilet paper, fruits, vegetables, bread, and instant noodles were once robbed. A local resident told Reuters, “I managed to buy some food because I don’t want to die of hunger before contracting the COVID-19 virus.”
In addition to strict control measures, the Vietnam News Agency reported on the 23rd that Ho Chi Minh City is also conducting nucleic acid tests for all employees to detect infections as soon as possible. In addition, the Ho Chi Minh City Health Bureau is also guiding people to collect samples at home for rapid detection of new coronavirus antigens.
In view of the tight prevention and control situation in Ho Chi Minh City and the sharp increase in local pressure from multiple departments, various departments in Vietnam have sent additional manpower to support Ho Chi Minh City.
According to a report on the 23rd by the People’s Daily of Vietnam, the Vietnam Military Medical College held an expedition ceremony for “additional forces to support Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces and cities” on the same day. It is reported that a total of 1,096 cadres and trainees supporting the anti-epidemic frontline will be divided into 341 groups, participating in nucleic acid testing and vaccination, and managing and caring for COVID-19 patients who are treated in home isolation. They will also cooperate with transportation when required. Patients and other epidemic prevention tasks.
The Social Order and Administrative Management Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam will also jointly hold an expedition ceremony with the Fifth Division of the Seventh Military Region on the 22nd, sending a number of cadres and soldiers to support Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces and cities in the southern region.
Since the end of April this year, the epidemic in Vietnam has risen sharply, and Ho Chi Minh City, the “severely hit area” of the epidemic, has previously implemented control measures.
As early as May 31, Ho Chi Minh City implemented social distancing measures due to the infection of the former local revival missionary congregation, which led to a significant increase in the number of cases. The Go Vap County of the city also implemented a 15-day lockdown. According to the regulations at the time, citizens must strictly observe a social safety distance of at least 6 feet (approximately 1.6 meters), and public places such as offices, hospitals, schools, etc. must not have groups of more than 5 people.
On the 9th of last month, Ho Chi Minh City once again implemented 15-day control measures. According to the Viet News Agency, this measure requires people in Ho Chi Minh City to stay at home and keep at least two meters away from others, except for necessities such as going out to buy food, medicine and other necessities, and emergency medical treatment.
(source:internet, reference only)