HANOI, Aug 15 (Vietnam News/ANN): Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City, the current Covid-19 epicentre of Vietnam, will extend its strict social distancing measures for another month until Sept 15 given the risk of a resurgence, Phan Van Mai, vice secretary of the city's Party Committee, said on Sunday.
Speaking at a meeting to receive goods and necessities for people affected by the pandemic in HCM City, Phan said the pandemic could become more severe if the city relaxes its vigilance.
“Therefore, it’s essential that social distancing be applied to reduce the number of new cases and gradually bring the city to a 'new normal' state", he said.
In order to do so, people's awareness is the most important factor, he emphasised.
Phan said the city has gone 80 days since the fourth wave of infections broke out with the Delta mutation. The period of social distancing, especially the five weeks of tightening Government’s Directive 16, were "unprecedentedly difficult" days for the political system and people.
The city has made great efforts to control outbreaks and infection chains, removing hundreds of locked down areas, promoting control of red zones, as well as expanding green zones. The health sector also cured more than 70,000 people and administered vaccines for over 4.5 million people.
With the spirit of making all efforts to take care of people, the city has tried its best to reduce difficulties, while ensuring the supply of goods and issuing support packages.
Meanwhile, Vietnam reported 9,580 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday *Aug 15), including 9,574 local infections and six imported cases, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
The new infections brought the total tally to 275,044, with 5,774 deaths, the ministry said.
Most of the community cases were detected in southern Vietnam, including 4,516 in the epicentre Ho Chi Minh City, 2,358 in the nearby Binh Duong province, and 546 in Dong Nai province.
As many as 102,504 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 5,519 from Saturday, while 14.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.
As of Sunday, Vietnam has registered a total of 271,037 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said. - Vietnam News/ANN