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.
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.
The country recorded 72,324 cases of Covid-19 in August 2022, an increase of 2.4 times, and 24 deaths, an increase of 18 cases compared to July 2022. In the country, cases of infection with sub-variants BA.4, BA.5, and BA.2.74 have been recorded in the community, especially the sub-variant BA.5 is dominating among the cases.
With the appearance of Omicron sub-variants BA.4, BA.5 and recently BA.2.12.1 with high immunity evading properties, the number of new cases of Covid-19 and hospitalized patients are highly likely to increase.
Today, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) said that through the surveillance system, Ho Chi Minh City had detected 3 cases of Covid-19, with genetic sequencing results identified the Omicron sub-variants known as BA.4 and BA.5.
Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen suggested that it is necessary to continue to take measures to prevent Covid-19 as well as strengthen vaccination for groups at risk of infections to cope with sub-variants of Omicron.
The People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, on the afternoon of April 26, held a meeting on the socio-economic situation in April and the direction and key tasks in May 2022. Mr. Phan Van Mai, Member of the Party Central Committee, Standing Deputy Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, Chairman of the People's Committee of HCMC, chaired the meeting.
The Ministry of Health has just made an official announcement about the batch of Covid-19 vaccine for on-time vaccination of children below 12 in the first days of April while the health sector in Ho Chi Minh City and localities have lately completed the preparation for vaccination.
Previously, people had to call medical stations in the district where they are living to declare their health status whereas local health stations will call people after receiving the notice of information registered on the management portal. So far, some 21,000 people registered to receive home-based care online.
The Health Ministry’s document No.1265/BYT-DP, dated March 15 on Covid-19 prevention and control measures for international travelers, allows visitors entering Vietnam with negative Covid tests to skip quarantine.
According to Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen, in the current new normal period, agencies and enterprises have resumed operations, and schools have reopened. Therefore, the health sector needs to have regulations and guidelines in line with reality, including the 5K regulation, to avoid the situation in which regulations cannot be applicable.