Ho chi minh city extends operations of production facilities during social distancing

HANOI, May 30 (lucidrhythms.com) - Vietnam's business hub Ho Chi Minch City will begin social distancing measures for 15 days starting from May 31 in an effort to lớn curb the spread of COVID-19, the government said on Sunday.

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The thành phố has seen a rise in cases related to lớn a religious mission that has recorded at least 125 positive sầu tests, accounting for most of the city's infections, according to lớn a government statement.

After successfully containing the vi khuẩn for most of last year, infections in Vietnam giới have sầu risen since late April, accounting for more than half of the total 7,107 registered cases aước ao its population of 98 million. It still has one of the world's lowest cases, with a total of 47 deaths so far and authorities seem determined to keep it that way.

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

Go Vap district, where the Revival Ekklesia Mission is located, will be under full restrictions, and people there will not be allowed to lớn go out unnecessarily, the statement said.

State-run Vietnam giới News Agency (VNA) reported Ho Chi Minch City authorities would conduct COVID-19 tests city-wide with testing capathành phố at 100,000 samples per day.

"The đô thị will prioritize testing high risk people first including workers in industrial parks & members of the religious mission," VNA reported.


Vinhomes Riverside Central Park và Landmark 81, Vietnam's tallest building are seen from the Saigon river in Ho Chi Minch thành phố, Vietphái nam June 6, 2019. lucidrhythms.com/Yen Duong

"Ho Chi Minh City has done 50,000 tests so far. To date there are at least 62,000 people who came into lớn tương tác with infected ones," it added.

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Ho Chi Minch City on Friday shut shops, restaurants and other services, & suspended religious activities until further notice, the đô thị said in a statement. People 60 or older were encouraged lớn stay home, it also said.

The re-emergence of the virus with complicated clusters has prompted calls for the Vietnamese government & the city's authorities to accelerate vaccinations.

In a letter khổng lồ U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested both countries enhance cooperation in COVID-19 vaccine research, production & công nghệ transfer, the government said in a statement.

Around 64,000 frontline workers aao ước Ho Chi Minh City's 13 million residents have sầu been given at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, official data showed.

Vietnam has received around 2.9 million doses from purchases & via the international COVAX sharing scheme & is seeking to lớn secure millions more from foreign vaccine makers for its inoculation chiến dịch.

The country's locally-produced COVID-19 shot enters Phase III human trials involving 13,000 volunteers in early June.

Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Kim Coghill

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