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Gov’t chief orders HCMC to launch mass testing against COVID-19

VGP – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered Ho Chi Minh City to test the southern metropolis' entire population for COVID-19 in order to early detect infected cases and stop spread of the virus.

August 22, 2021 2:00 PM GMT+7

The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Ho Chi Minh City from June 1 to August 21.

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The Government chief also asked for prioritizing vaccines to Ho Chi Minh City – the current epicenter of Viet Nam’s fourth COVID-19 wave.

The moves were made as the COVID-19 pandemic situation remains very complicated in Ho Chi Minh City and three surrounding provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An.

Pham urged authorities of these localities to call on people to stay put as their cooperation plays the decisive role in the fight against the pandemic.

He also asked the authorities to pay great attention to bring healthcare services as near as possible to residents to ensure their fastest access to the services, and to provide food and other necessities to families and vulnerable groups while mobilizing all social resources to support the disadvantaged ones.

Earlier on August 10, PM Pham ordered Ho Chi Minh City to double efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic prior to September 15.

Meanwhile, Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai must strive to contain the pandemic before September 1 while other localities currently undergoing social distancing have to put the pandemic under control before August 25.

As of 6:40 pm on Saturday, Viet Nam confirmed  336,707 COVID-19 cases, including 332,626 domestic cases documented in 62 cities and provinces since April 27 when the fourth wave of COVID-19 resurgence began./.

By Quang Minh