Although the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in Ho Chi Minh City has decreased markedly, the southern metropolis still stays alert to acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants.
The Department of Preventive Medicine gave a response to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health's proposal to permit HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases to perform SARS-CoV-2 cell culture-related procedures.
The Pasteur Institute of HCMC had identified new Omicron sub-variants from samples of community epidemiological surveillance conducted by the HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC), including XBB.1.5, XBB.1.9.1, XBB.1.16, and XBB.1.16.1.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh directed ministers, heads of ministerial-level and State agencies, and chairmen of People’s Committees of cities, provinces to strengthen measures to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during the upcoming Tet holidays.
The SARS-CoV-2 Omicron sub-lineage BA.5 has entered Vietnam and may overwhelm the old sub-lineage BA.2 which is dominant in the country, according to Prof. Dr. Phan Trong Lan, Director of the Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine.
Up to 98.7 percent of people in HCMC have antibodies to Covid-19, which developed after the unprecedented wave of infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant in early March, according to data from HCMC’s Department of Health.
Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen signed a decision to revoke the registration number for circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 test kit and in vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive for detecting SARS-CoV-2, type LightPower iVA SARS-CoV-2 1st RT-rPCR Kit of Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company.
After the Covid-19 epidemic is gradually controlled, residents and producers have already returned to normal pre-Covid-19 life, many health experts have therefore proposed declaring an end to the epidemic, bringing the pandemic out of the group A infectious disease group. However, the Ministry of Health rejected the proposal.