HCMC – During a meeting on the city’s Covid-19 situation on August 24, HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong asked the city’s departments and districts to take drastic measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading while boosting economic development.
Phong said the city has brought the pandemic under control but departments and districts must not be careless.
They need to strictly follow the guidance of the Ministry of Health in detecting new cases and preventing the pandemic from spreading, especially at high-risk places such as pagodas, temples, churches, wet markets, supermarkets, hospitals and other public areas.
The Department of Health is responsible for evaluating the current Covid-19 situation and forecasting the development of the pandemic in the future. It needs to propose appropriate and flexible measures to fight off the pandemic and also help the economy rebound.
Leaders of districts, wards and communes will be responsible to the HCMC People’s Committee if Covid-19 spreads in their region.
Data of the Department of Health indicated that as of August 24, the city had reported 77 Covid-19 cases plus one Covid-19 patient transferred from Bac Lieu Province. Until now, 63 of them have recovered.
The city is quarantining 164 people who have respiratory infection symptoms at hospitals for Covid-19 testing.
Since July 1, the city has performed Covid-19 tests on more than 54,000 people from the Covid-19 epicenter of Danang. Six of them have tested positive for Covid-19 and the city has spent over 20 days without any new locally transmitted cases.
The city will tighten control over and accelerate performing Covid-19 tests on people coming from the most affected localities such as Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Hanoi and Hai Duong.