HCMC – The Ministry of Health has warned of the overlapping epidemics, as the number of dengue cases decreased in HCMC but Covid-19 cases showed signs of resurgence last week.
The HCMC Center for Disease Control recorded 178 new Covid cases, with 48 hospitalized for treatment on August 27.
Currently, some 262 Covid cases are under treatment at hospitals, with 73 of them needing respiratory support and 16 others on invasive ventilators.
According to the HCMC Ministry of Health, new Covid cases are on the rise, with 1,114 cases detected from August 19 to 25, up 258 over the last week.
Meanwhile, some 267 new dengue cases were reported on August 26, with 243 of them hospitalized.
Despite signs of a decline, the number of dengue cases in HCMC is still high, with 1,355 under treatment at many hospitals in the city.
Since the beginning of this year, HCMC has recorded above 49,000 dengue cases with 18 of them dead.
At a press conference on epidemic prevention on July 26, the director of the HCMC Department of Health, Tang Chi Thuong, said that HCMC has been in a state of overlapping epidemics.
Reportedly, many cases of Covid infection have not got their booster shots yet, he added.
Given the complicated situation, the HCMC authority is looking for ways to strengthen preventive measures against both Covid and dengue fever.
However, the campaigns on Covid vaccination, especially for children, in August, did not achieve the expected result. The vaccination rates have not been even in different districts in the city.
The HCMC authority will continue to carry out Covid vaccination campaigns for citizens, especially children, and strive to raise awareness over dengue fever prevention.