HCMC – Six southern provinces—Binh Duong, Long An, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh—have decided to extend social distancing in line with the prime minister’s Directive 16 until mid-September as many clusters of infection have yet to be brought under control.
Binh Duong will continue practicing social distancing until September 15 as its Covid-19 cases had reached 110,258 as of August 30, the local media reported.
Residents in Thuan An and Di An cities and Tan Uyen Town have been banned from venturing out. Food, medicines and necessities will be delivered to their houses.
As the province’s Covid caseload is forecast to climb to 150,000 in the upcoming days, the provincial government has urged testing be boosted in extremely high-risk areas to quickly detect community infections and construction of field hospitals for Covid treatment.
Binh Duong has administered over 856,400 Covid vaccine doses to local residents and will prioritize vaccinations for those in extremely high-risk areas in the coming days.
In Long An, after 43 days of social distancing, Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Giuoc, Chau Thanh, Thu Thua, Can Duoc and Tan Tru districts and Tan An City will continue applying anti-virus measures in line with Directive 16 until September 13. Meanwhile, Kien Tuong Town and Vinh Hung, Tan Hung, Moc Hoa, Tan Thanh, Thanh Hoa and Duc Hue will employ the measures until September 6.
The disease in the province has been gradually brought under control but has continued spreading in extremely-high-risk areas. Long An has reported over 21,000 cases, with 265 of them dead.
Moreover, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces will extend social distancing until September 10 and Tay Ninh until September 12.
Tien Giang Province has decided a social distancing extension in accordance with Directive 16 for the My Tho City, Go Cong and Cai Lay towns and Cho Gao, Chau Thanh, Cai Be and Go Cong Dong districts to September 15, while the other four districts have relaxed restrictions.
The number of Covid cases in the community in these four provinces has declined. However, there is no sign of the disease easing in extremely high-risk areas.