HCM City halts all non-essential activities during Tet holiday

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Phan Van Mai has stressed the halt of all non-essential activities with large gatherings during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday in light of Covid-19.

During a meeting. — Photo: SGGP

He made the statement during yesterday’s meeting convened by the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and Economic Recovery with localities on epidemic prevention and control. in the city.

As the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday draws near, he assured city dwellers will be safe and filled with joy during the country’s biggest holidays.

At the same time, the city focuses on supporting civil servants, welfare recipients, poor households, near-poor households to ensure safety, social order and security before, during and after Lunar New Year 2022.

Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Nen pointed to two positive signs in the first week of 2022, including the decrease in the number of infection cases, serious cases and deaths in the city.

Moreover, the socio-economic recovery index is steadily increasing in all sectors. The localities are ready to implement the objectives as planned.

Currently, the Covid-19 epidemic is complicated, the Omicron variant has appeared in 141 countries and territories. The Omicron Covid variant has been found to multiply about 70 times faster than the original and Delta versions of the coronavirus. The southern metropolis also recorded 11 new cases of the variant.

Faced with this situation, Nen ordered, first, to pay attention to vaccination coverage, emphasizing the completion of vaccination for all those at high risk. He praised those who proposed to protect people belonging to groups at risk.

Party leader Nen stressed the need to ensure staffing of mobile medical posts, especially as the military prepares to withdraw its forces to 200 mobile medical posts in Ho Chi Minh City.

Lunar New Year 2022 is approaching and Ho Chi Minh City is preparing to welcome international tourists and overseas Vietnamese returning to celebrate the New Year.

According to Party Secretary Nguyen Van Nen, it is necessary to prepare a plan for welcoming visitors; therefore, the healthcare sector should consider reasonable isolation.

Speaking at the briefing, President Mai also said that once the epidemic situation was brought under control, the city experienced a positive socio-economic recovery.

Regarding the main tasks ahead, President Mai ordered to continue reviewing and strengthening the health strategy with six components, including the completion of supplementary and booster vaccination for people aged 18 and over in January. 2022.

In response to the new variant of Omicron, the health sector must coordinate with responsible agencies to closely monitor border crossings. In addition, the sector should guide locality, commune and ward administrations to closely monitor and supervise people entering the country.

In addition, the sector must also take into account the oxygen demand, guaranteeing a stable oxygen source for the situations.

The city will continue the second phase of the protect people at risk campaign, with localities to organize a third screening test for people over 65 at risk.

Along with this, from February 2022, the city will update the at-risk group, including people over 50, people with underlying diseases, pregnant women, and people over 18. not vaccinated.

President Mai asked localities to strengthen local medical facilities as well as consider private medical facilities and pharmacies to care for a person with Covid-19 at home, participate in disease prevention. Local health clinics should continue to care for people with Covid-19 with mild symptoms at home, helping to reduce overcrowding in large hospitals.

Mr. Phan Van Mai instructed Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc to formulate a basic medical capacity improvement policy to be submitted to the City People’s Council.

Regarding the propaganda work, Mai noted that the administrators of Thu Duc city, districts and wards should not neglect the fight against the epidemic although it has subsided as the city resumed its economic activities.

Earlier, HCMC Health Department Director Tang Chi Thuong informed that the epidemic situation of Covid-19 in the city is decreasing markedly, with all districts seeing a decrease in the number of new cases compared to the previous week.

As of January 6, HCMC was treating more than 42,000 patients infected with Covid-19, including 316 ventilators. The number of deaths continued to decline; for example, 21 people died of Covid-19 on January 6.

Regarding the campaign to protect people from the risk group, Associate Professor Dr Tang Chi Thuong said health workers spent a month going to every house in every alley to make a list of 637,806 people in the risk group. Out of 637,806 people, more than 25,000 people were not vaccinated.

The city also vaccinated nearly 13,900 people, or nearly 55% of those who were not vaccinated.

Through screening and testing of people in risk groups, it was discovered that 5,402 people had been infected with Covid-19 without knowing it.

Regarding the monitoring of people arriving in Vietnam, according to the regulations, they must undergo a test at the airport from January 1. More than 1,000 people undergo rapid test cases with negative results, 13 positive cases, including 11 cases of the Omicron variant.

The Department of Health has proposed allowing private healthcare workers to take part in paid rapid tests at the airport. The Ministry of Health is responsible for handling positive cases in accordance with regulations.

Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong

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