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HCMC to replace centralized quarantine centers at schools’ dorms

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HCMC – Concentrated quarantine facilities at the dormitories of schools in HCMC will be replaced by other units meeting requirements to prevent cross infection, said municipal vice chairman Duong Anh Duc.

At a press briefing on June 28, Duc said the city would gradually shut down centralized quarantine centers at the dormitories of schools as the rooms there have no separate bathrooms, posing a high risk of cross infection, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

Many countries worldwide have requisitioned schools’ dorms as centralized quarantine centers. However, since the appearance of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is more transmissible, the solution has showed its shortcomings.

HCMC is one of the localities effectively organizing centralized quarantine, Duc noted.

Regarding the people prioritized to receive Covid-19 vaccines, Duc said the Government and the Ministry of Health had weighed priority groups carefully. Workers at industrial and export processing zones have also been prioritized to reduce the risk of pandemic transmission and ensure economic development.

As to how the number of Covid-19 cases in the city had still increased despite the many anti-pandemic measures in place, Phan Thanh Tam, deputy director of the HCMC Center for Disease Control, said the Covid-19 transmission rate in the current wave was extremely high and that the Delta variant is much more transmissible than the previous ones.

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