Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC calls on citizens to join hands with authorities in fighting Covid-19

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HCMC Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Nen required the entire government and political system of the city to put the major mission of pandemic prevention first. He called on citizens to stay alert, calm down and join hands with functional forces in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.

HCMC calls on citizens to join hands with authorities in fighting Covid-19 ảnh 1 At the online conference held by the city’s Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control  on May 27 (Photo: SGGP)
He was speaking at the online conference, held by the city’s Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and chaired by Chairman of HCMC People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on May 27, with the participation of Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Le.
At the conference, HCMC’s authorities decided to close hotels, restaurants, street eateries, sidewalk iced tea shops and cafes as well as barbershops and beauty salons.
Hotels are allowed to only serve food and beverages for guests who are staying in the accomodation facilities while street food stores must move to mobile ordering and takeaway only.
The municipal government also set a restriction on religious mass gatherings of more than 10 people.
The Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City (HCDC) reported that as of May 27 afternoon, the city's health sector recorded 36 suspected cases of Covid-19 linked to the religious mission in Go Vap District.
Regarding to the outbreak in a religious mission in Go Vap District, City’s chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong asked Thu Duc City and districts throughout the city to strengthen contact tracing to quickly identify persons who become F1 and F2 cases; tighten control and prevention works at workplaces, religious sites and missions, apartment and office buildings and make a list of people who come these places everyday; and implement large-scale testing in affected areas in the city.
He noted that the local authorities of districts and Thu Duc City have to plan 24/7 shift schedules while the city’s Command Center of the Covid-19 Prevention and Control must operate 24 hours a day.
Besides, departments, units, organizations and districts have to set up Covid-19 safety teams and strengthen community-based Covid-19 prevention teams at all levels.
Heads of localities, departments, agencies, units and organizations have to take responsibility in front of the municipal People’s Committee for their subjectivity that can cause the epidemic break out.
The Department of Home Affairs has been asked to cooperate with the Department of Health to randomly inspect the epidemic prevention and control works at departments and offices in the city.
Chairman Phong ordered the HCMC Hospital of Tropical Diseases to quickly evolve DNA sequencing in new cases of Covid-19 linked to a religious mission in Go Vap District.
HCMC calls on citizens to join hands with authorities in fighting Covid-19 ảnh 2 Chairman of HCMC People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong speaks at the meeting. (Photo: SGGP)
Additionally, the management boards of processing zones, industrial parks and high tech parks have to set up temporary isolated rooms and separate guest places. The working hours should be didvided into several flexible shifts while the lunch time should be arranged in different times. Seats should be arranged so that employees can socially distance.
Speaking at the virtual conference, HCMC Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Nen required the entire government and political system of the city to put the major mission of pandemic prevention first.
He wanted all citizens to stay alert, need to calm down to support and join hands with the functional forces in fighting against the pandemic.
The City’s Party Chief delegated quanrantine facilities and field hospitals to be ready to respond to the large outbreaks, connect with the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control for guidances.
Regarding a coronavirus cluster linked to cargo ship, Ashico Victoria registered in Panama that is docking at the Buoy No.0 on the Vung Tau fairway, he asked the Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee to delegate functional units to isolate the vessel to prevent the spread of virus.
The ship departed from Kakinada port in India and arrived in HCMC on May 26. It docked at the Buoy No.0 out of the Sai Gon Port. Nine among 17 Vietnamese crew members were confirmed positive for Covid-19 on the same day, according to Director of the HCMC Department of Health, Nguyen Tan Binh.
Additionally, at least 25 people linked to a religious mission in HCMC’s Go Vap District, have tested positive for the coronavirus, he added.

By Thanh An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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