HCM City likely to see coronavirus cases increase over coming days

16:59 24/08/2021

Coronavirus cases in Ho Chi Minh City are likely to increase in the coming days as it is conducting extensive COVID-19 testing for all residents during the latest social distancing period, according to the city’s Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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A critical COVID-19 patient is transported to hospital for treatment (Photo: Tien Phong) 

The southern metropolis, the largest coronavirus hotspot in Vietnam, recorded 4,241 new infections on August 23, with 3,308 of them diagnosed in the community.

The cases were mainly discovered in the districts of Binh Thanh, Tan Phu, Binh Tan, and Hoc Mon, along with in District 1 and District 8.

To separate all F0 cases from the wider community, the city is taking advantage of the "golden time" during the current social distancing period to conduct mass testing for all residents.

To speed up testing, the municipal Department of Health has launched a pilot scheme that guides residents on how to do a self-test at home. The move is expected to help lessen pressure on the health sector and avoid the risk of cross contamination.

Moreover, a number of special mobile teams have also been established to provide medical care to those with common diseases, as well as to supply local residents with daily necessities.

COVID-19 patients who require support are able to contact the rapid response teams, mobile medical stations, and the 115 Emergency Center for guidance and advice.