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Ho Chi Minh City conducts extensive testing to block the chain of COVID-19 infection

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Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has many outbreaks of unknown sources in the community and from there spreading to many people, so it is necessary to speed up the screening work, on a large scale to end the chain of infection.

Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is deserted because of the implementation of social distancing. (Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA) Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has many outbreaks of unknown origin in the community and from there spreading to many people, so it is necessary to accelerate the screening and wide-ranging work to end the infection chains. This is the direction of Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City at the meeting of the city’s Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control on the afternoon of June 15. Reporting at the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Tan Binh, Director of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Health, said that on June 15, the city recorded 90 cases of COVID-19. Up to now, Ho Chi Minh City has 1,252 cases of COVID-19 in the community with many outbreaks with wide spread such as the outbreak of the Phuc Hung mission group with 476 positive cases for SARS-CoV-2; Outbreak Hoc Mon Mechanical Workshop has 51 positive cases; Ehome 3 apartment outbreak has a total of 59 positive cases; Outbreak Road 11 (Hiep Binh Phuoc ward, Thu Duc city) has 8 positive cases; Outbreaks in Tan Thoi 2 and Tan Thoi Hiep 3 hamlets (Tan Hiep commune, Hoc Mon district) have 32 positive cases; Kim Minh company outbreak (Ward 13, District 5) has 27 positive cases; Outbreak Tan Phu District Hospital has 14 positive cases; Outbreak of Xuyen A Hospital has 22 positive cases… The director of the Department of Health is concerned about the outbreak at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases because the number of cases has reached 67, of which 60 are medical staff and 7 cases are family members of these staff. . Besides, more and more cases appear in companies and industrial zones in recent days. Concerned about the situation of many new infection chains appearing in the community, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong acknowledged that new outbreaks appear according to a common formula of hospital screening. detecting cases, then screening and tracing at living quarters and workplaces again discovered new cases. “There are more and more new cases with unknown sources of infection, so for infection chains with unknown sources of infection, it is necessary to focus on screening, testing and testing on a large scale because if not blocked, the epidemic will spread. to the community,” Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong expressed concern. Chairman of the People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong directed, in the immediate future, the health sector must carefully screen risk groups in hospitals; Sampling implementation extensive testing to industrial area , export processing zones from now until June 25; at the same time, monitor high-risk places including domestic and international flights, trains and ships entering Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong also suggested that departments, branches, districts of the city must be ready to prepare plans for epidemic prevention and control in a spirit of speed and determination because of the fact that there are still many cases of negligence in the public sector. epidemic prevention and control. According to the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, this is the time when the entire political system must try and devote all its efforts to the goal of epidemic prevention and control, ensuring the safety and health of the people. Only in this way can we shorten the time of social distancing and bring life back to a new normal.