Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (September 7): September Sets As Deadline For Covid Control

As of 6 pm on September 6, Vietnam has recorded 536,788 coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak in January 2020, ranking 51 out of 222 counties and territories worldwide.
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Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (September 7): September Sets As Deadline For Covid Control
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Vietnam records 12,481 new Covid-19 cases

Vietnam has confirmed 12,481 coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, a fall of 624 cases compared to the previous day, according to the Ministry of Health in its 6 pm coronavirus update on September 6.

Of the new infections, 8,099 cases were detected in the community through test screening or random testing, four tested positive upon returning to Vietnam from overseas, and the rest were documented in quarantine or lockdown areas. Ho Chi Minh City, the largest coronavirus hotspot, led all cities and provinces, registering 7,122 cases alone.

Data from the Ministry of Health show that the past 24 hours saw daily caseloads fall by 624 cases compared to the previous day due to a sharp fall in infection numbers in Binh Duong and Dong Nai.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (September 7): September Sets As Deadline For Covid Control
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HCMC extends strict Covid-19 restrictions until mid-September

HCMC has decided to extend its tight social distancing rules until September 15, with residents of low-risk areas allowed to visit the market once a week. The city People’s Committee Chairman Phan Van Mai said in a live-streamed talk show Monday that from now until Sept.15, the city will let the "green zones", the low-risk areas, pilot the reopening of some takeout services. It was the first time that the municipal chairman was participating in the "People ask, city answers" program, directly interacting with people via social networks.

After Sept.15, if the situation improves, the city will open several activities in a safe area. These will include e-commerce, logistics, medical equipment manufacturing, food, and food production, gas stations, construction sites, building materials supply, and others. Industries that can be managed and operated safely will be prioritized in the process of opening up gradually. It was impossible to give a specific answer on when the semi-lockdown will end because it depends on the pandemic situation, Mai said.

However, he said the city will, step by step, open areas based on safety and ensuring people’s health and socio-economic development. The central government has said it wants HCMC to get the coronavirus situation under control by Sept. 15, and the city is focusing on this goal by imposing social distancing measures, speeding up testing, detection, and vaccination, trying to reduce the fatality rate, and ensuring social security.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (September 7): September Sets As Deadline For Covid Control
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Vietnam sets September deadline for Covid situation control

Vietnam should try and control the pandemic situation by this month's end, then restore production and business in safe places, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Monday. The socio-economic situation in the past eight months has been greatly affected by the latest Covid outbreak. The highest priority should be given to establishing control over the pandemic as early as possible because this is a decisive factor for economic recovery, he said at a cabinet meeting.

Given the current shortage of vaccines and low vaccination coverage, preventive measures are still required, including social distancing measures, the PM said. He asked related agencies to develop a roadmap for economic recovery and growth in the scenario of widespread vaccination coverage.

The PM ordered a pilot program to attract international tourists to the southern island of Phu Quoc from now until the end of the year, expecting 2-3 million arrivals. Chinh also asked relevant agencies to facilitate goods supply and distribution system, especially wholesale markets.

Deputy PM Le Van Thanh said that economic growth prospects depend a lot on the ability to control the epidemic. From now until September 15, ministries and other agencies need to develop a common master plan on opening up the economy, he said.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (September 7): September Sets As Deadline For Covid Control
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Hanoi releases songs encouraging Covid-19 fight

The Hanoi Cultural Centre under the municipal Department of Culture and Sports has released eight songs to encourage people’s spirit and solidarity amid the ongoing Covid-19 and express gratitude to frontline workers. The songs were composed during a campaign for Covid-19 fight in response to a campaign to promote artistic works on the pandemic fight and the national action month for children in 2021. To encourage the fight against Covid-19, the eight works will be broadcast on the local systems of loudspeakers across the capital city along with channels of the Hanoi Radio and Television Broadcasting.

Meanwhile, the fourth episode of the online monthly music program "Sing for life, Sing for love” will be broadcast on digital platforms with the performance of well-known artists like Thu Minh, Hoang Bach, and Duong Cam on September 9. Donations to the program will be used to purchase essentials for disadvantaged laborers affected by Covid-19, medics, and frontline workers.

Launched by the Vietnam Youth Federation Central Committee, the Vietnam Volunteer Centre, and relevant agencies, with the participation of leading artists, the online monthly music program aims to help ease difficulties of pandemic-hit people and raise funds for the welfare packages for the vulnerable. After three episodes, it has raised over VND 1.6 billion (US$ 70,265) in cash and kinds, along with 20,000 N95 face masks.

As of 6 pm on September 6, Vietnam has recorded 536,788 coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak in January 2020, ranking 51 out of 222 counties and territories worldwide.

It has registered 532,490 locally acquired infections following the resurgence of the virus more than four months ago. Of the total, 298,683 patients have been discharged from the hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.

The September 6 figure has raised the total number of Covid-19 fatalities in Vietnam to 13,385, making up 2.5% of the total number of infections and 0.4% higher than the average death rate globally.

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