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All residents in Ho Chi Minh to be tested for Covid following outbreak in the city

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A Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam’s largest city of Ho Chi Minh has driven the Vietnamese government to test all residents for the virus. While infections in Vietnam have remained low, a new cluster linked to a religious mission has been reported in the city and what a local officials call a “very dangerous” new variant was recently found in the country.

Since the start of the pandemic, Vietnam has reported a total of 7,000 Covid-19 infections and 47 coronavirus-related deaths. The country has reported a spike in cases over the past month with the latest outbreak infecting at least 125 people involved in a Christian mission. Those nearest the mission have already been tested and are currently in lockdown.

Officials say they plan to test all of the city’s 13 million people, at a rate of 100 thousand a day, an ambitious testing campaign set to take about 4 months. In addition to testing, new social distancing measures will be enacted throughout the city for the next 15 days, starting today. Shops and restaurants are closed, religious activities are suspended.

All events that gather more than 10 people in public are banned city-wide, but the city is considering to lower the number of people to just five.

Vietnam has been commended for its rapid handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, quickly closing borders, quarantining, and testing everyone who entered the country. Contract tracing and testing were far-reaching.

All residents in Ho Chi Minh to be tested for Covid following outbreak in the city | News by Thaiger
Active Covid-19 cases in Vietnam as of 31 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: BBC

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Jack Arthur

Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

3 Comments

  1. I’m sorry, but please look at a map of Vietnam and ask yourself whether they really closed the borders. The answer is no. They can’t. They didn’t. It is some convenient political fiction.

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