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.
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC), on February 20, informed that it had just detected a new cluster of Covid-19 cases at a monastery in Go Vap District. The health sector quickly implemented infection control measures, notifying students for epidemiological investigation and testing.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health yesterday reported that five new cases of Omicron variant were detected in the community through taking random samples for testing of 72 SARS-CoV-2 infections at hospitals from January 31 to February 7.
On February 8, 9, and 10, the number of new Covid-19 infection cases tended to increase with 242 cases, whereas severe cases, patients on ventilators, and deaths reduced as they received good medical treatment.
Referring to the new method that can identify the Omicron variant without having to go through the gene sequencing process being studied in Ho Chi Minh City, Chairman of the city People's Committee Phan Van Mai directed the Department of Health and the Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City to soon complete this solution for early registration to ensure intellectual property rights and put it in practice.
The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Economic Recovery yesterday held a regular meeting to update the pandemic status in the city as well as matters related to the upcoming Tet Holiday.
Today, Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Deputy Director of the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City, said that the gene sequence results to detect Omicron variant infection cases in the southern metropolis were related to patients coming from the US.
Ho Chi Minh City has been implementing synchronous solutions to deal with the Omicron variant. City authorities advised people to stay calm and continue to implement 5K measures and get the vaccine soon.
Today, Colonel Dr. Vu Hai Nam, Director of the April 30 Hospital under the Ministry of Public Security confirmed that the hospital had just recorded the first three cases of Omicron variant infection in the community.
Although the numbers of new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have all decreased, people must continue to perform well 5K, especially vaccination rollout must be accelerated to keep the city’s achievements, especially when the Lunar New Year is approaching, said Deputy Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Economic Recovery Pham Duc Hai.
Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Phan Van Mai emphasized stopping all non-essential activities with large gatherings during the incoming Lunar New Year holiday in light of Covid-19.
HCMC has five suspected cases of the new omicron variant of coronavirus on December 31. The city’s healthcare sector, districts and Thu Duc City have to strengthen the supervision to identify Omicron cases quickly.
The People’s Committee of Hanoi has ordered all passengers on flights, which depart from countries where the Omicron variant is present to follow regulations on centralised quarantine regardless of passenger history, vaccinations or prior Covid-19 infections.