Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (August 2): Ho Chi Minh City Extends Social Distancing
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3,201 new cases recorded past 12 hours
Vietnam has confirmed an additional 3,201 coronavirus cases in 20 cities and provinces across the country during the past 12 hours, with Ho Chi Minh City alone registering close to 2,000 cases.
Of the total, 3,198 cases were locally acquired and three cases returned from overseas, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its 6 am coronavirus update on August 2. Notably, 976 cases were detected in the community through test screening or random testing at healthcare facilities, while the rest were recorded in the quarantine and lockdown areas.
Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, led all cities and provinces in case of numbers, documenting 1,997 new infections. It was followed by Binh Duong 496, Dong Nai 189, Can Tho 119, Tien Giang 79, and Vinh Long 50, all in the south, Elsewhere, central and northern provinces logged new cases, including 76 in Da Nang, 46 in Hanoi, 14 in Binh Dinh, 13 in Ninh Binh, and 10 in Dak Nong.
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Over 1,100 enterprises in Bac Ninh industrial zones resume operations
According to a representative of the Management Board of Bac Ninh Industrial Parks, as many as 1,104 out of 1,120 enterprises at Bac Ninh industrial zones have resumed operation. 314,203 out of 320,485 workers have returned to work with strict pandemic prevention measures in place, the representative said. Currently, businesses in Bac Ninh industrial zones are having a lot of orders.
Despite suffering impacts from the Covid-19 outbreak in May and June, enterprises in Bac Ninh's industrial zones earned production value of nearly VND 550,000 billion (USD 23.8 million) in the first six months of the year, up 11 percent compared to the same period last year.
Bac Ninh and neighboring Bac Giang were heavily affected by the fourth wave of Covid-19 outbreaks that hit the country since late April. Bac Ninh has 10 industrial zones and 26 industrial clusters with over 1,100 enterprises employing a total of 450,000 workers who come from 21 cities and localities nationwide.
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Ho Chi Minh City extends social distancing for two more weeks
Ho Chi Minh City continues imposing city-wide social distancing measures under the Prime Minister’s Directive 16 for an additional 14 days from 0:00 on August 2. The decision was made by the Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on August 1.
Phong asked the heads of departments and branches, the Chairpersons of the People's Committees of Thu Duc city and districts and local businesses to direct the stronger, more drastic, and effective implementation of prevention and control measures, step up dissemination, and ask locals not to leave their places of residence for another locality until the end of social distancing. He requested departments, sectors, and localities to conduct quicker Covid-19 vaccination and ensure the supply of food and foodstuffs for poor laborers and those in sealed-off areas as well as the provision of protective equipment for medical staff as guided by the Health Ministry.
Ho Chi Minh City has experienced 63 days of social distancing at different levels. From 7 pm on July 31 to 6 am on August 1, the city documented additional 2,027 Covid-19 infections.
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Another Covid-19 treatment hospital sets off to support southern localities
The General Department of Logistics under the Ministry of Defence held a ceremony in Hanoi on August 1 to set off the medical staff of the Covid-19 treatment hospital 5D to support Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring Binh Duong province in the southern region where the pandemic continues developing unpredictably.
The 500-bed hospital has 130 personnel and is installed at the hostel of the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City in Di An city of Binh Duong province. It is designed to receive and treat Covid-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong.
Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Nguyen Hung Thang, Deputy Chairman and Chief of the Staff of the General Department of Logistics appreciated the hospital’s staff and soldiers for their active preparation to set off as planned with high determination and readiness to receive and complete their assigned tasks. The General Department of Logistics has so far set up two Covid-19 treatment hospitals, with the first one in Nha Trang city of the central province of Khanh Hoa.
As of 6 am on August 2, Vietnam has logged 153,672 new cases in 62 out of 63 cities and provinces across the country following the resurgence of the virus in late April, and 157,507 cases since the start of the first outbreak in the country in January 2020.
As many as 43,157 patients have been discharged from the hospital after making a full recovery from the disease. More than 6.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, with 659,064 people receiving the second shot.
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The country has so far logged 2,241 imported, and 147,819 domestic infections. A total of 276,373 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 on July 30 alone.
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