In quarantine Two weeks have passed since Friday (9/7) the 9 million inhabitants of the city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, due to the large increase in coronavirus cases, state media reported.
The measure will take effect in the early hours of Friday. Residents will have to stay in their homes for two weeks, notes APE-MPE.
About 8,000 new cases were reported in the city and until recently, before this new wave broke out, less than 3,000 were reported across the country.
Although the epicenter of the new wave is the city of Ho Chi Minh City, other outbreaks have been identified, mainly in the industrial areas of Bak Nin and Bak Jiang, where the factories that supply the companies Samsung and Foxconn are located. Mayor Nguyen Tanh Fong said the city was “having a hard time controlling” the pandemic and was “determined to toughen” the measures.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Woo Duk Dam called on city authorities to “accept to make sacrifices”.
Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes except to buy food or medicine.
At least 10 cities have cut off air links to Ho Chi Minh, the former Saigon. Residents were crowded in stores today, but three of the largest wholesale markets have already closed.
More than 80 cases have been reported in the city jail, Chi Hoa, between inmates and guards.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Vietnam was a model for managing the health crisis. But then it became difficult for him to get vaccines and start the population’s immunization campaign. According to the Ministry of Health, less than 4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered to date, in a country with a population of 100 million.
Vietnam hopes to achieve collective immunity by the end of the year or early 2022. It is developing its own vaccines and has ordered millions of doses abroad. The United States announced on Tuesday that it had sent two million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Vietnam.