Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City sets up working group to buy Covid-19 vaccines as cases still rising and total hits 10,538

A health worker disinfects a secondary school as part of measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in Hanoi on June 11, 2021. - AFP

HO CHI MINH CITY, June 13 (Vietnam News/ANN): HCM City authorities have set up a working team responsible for buying Covid-19 vaccines for at least two-thirds of its population by year-end, said Nguyen Thanh Phong, the chairman of the People’s Committee.

Speaking about the city’s economic development in the first five months of the year, Phong said the city would speed up the vaccination drive by encouraging the business community to connect with suppliers.

The city had achieved “remarkable results” in its implementation of its “dual goal” of maintaining the economy while applying strict Covid-19 preventive measures in the first five months, he said.

“The city will continue its flexible economic management and pandemic prevention measures.”

Since the fourth wave that began in late April, the city has detected more than 630 locally transmitted cases, ranking third in the country. The cases have been mostly related to the Go Vap District cluster.

Meanwhile, Vietnam reported 297 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, including 293 locally transmitted and four imported, bringing the total tally to 10,538.

The Ministry of Health said that among the community cases, 254 were reported in quarantine facilities or lockdown areas. In terms of localities, 129 were detected in the northern epidemic hotspot Bac Giang province, 95 in the southern Ho Chi Minh City, and 54 in the northern Bac Ninh province.

Most of them are contacts of previously confirmed cases or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.

Nationwide, as many as 3,998 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the coronavirus epidemic, up by 171 from Saturday, and nearly 192,400 people are being quarantined and monitored.

The ministry also said Sunday (June 13) that a 76-year-old Covid-19 patient became the latest death recorded from the pandemic, taking the total death toll to 59.

As of Sunday, Vietnam has registered a total of 8,902 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 7,332 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the health ministry. Enditem
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