Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City will continue social distancing meansures until end of September

Ho Chi Minh City is speeding up its vaccination campaign to ensure that all people aged 18 and over receive at least the first Covid-19 vaccine dose. - Vietnam News/ANN

HO CHI MINH CITY, Sept 16 (Vietnam News): Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City will continue imposing social distancing until the end of September, but ease the lockdown in some districts where the situation is stable.

At a press conference in the city, vice-chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Le Hoa Binh said the city's plan on measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic in the city from Sept 16 to Sept 30, 2021, was to continue to apply social distancing and other tough pandemic prevention measures throughout the city in the spirit of Directive No. 16 of the Prime Minister.

The motto was to thoroughly, strictly, drastically and effectively apply appropriate measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic in each specific area.

The city will continue to issue travel permits to groups of people who are allowed to travel.

The travel permits issued by the city police will continue to be valid until Sept 30, 2021.

For the areas where the pandemic has been basically controlled, which are District 7, Cu Chi district, Can Gio District, processing zones, industrial parks in these districts and hi-tech parks, people are allowed to go to the market once a week.

The management boards of processing and industrial zones and high-tech parks guide enterprises to organise the implementation of production plans according to Plan No. 2715/KH-BCD of the city Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and the Safety Criteria of the city People's Committee.

In addition, the city also piloted the implementation of the Covid-19 Green Card associated with a personal QR code.

The pilot still has to ensure the implementation of the 5K message and periodic antigen testing.

All 21 districts as well as Thu Duc City in HCM City will also continue to speed up vaccinations to achieve the goal of having 100 per cent of people aged 18 and over inoculated with at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.

It targets giving everyone aged 18 and over their second shot by the end of the year.

According to the Centre for Disease Control of HCM City (HCDC), districts are now focusing on covering the first dose for people 18 and over, regardless of permanent or temporary residence status.

Only districts 11 and 12 have reached 100 per cent of its residents receiving the first vaccine dose.

The city has been giving around 200,000 doses daily in the last few days.

HCM City, the country's top Covid-19 hotspot, has given more than 8.4 million vaccine doses. The figure includes more than 6.7 million people who have received the first dose and 1.6 million people who have received the second dose. - Vietnam News/ANN

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