The decision was signed by the Chairman of HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on July 21. The quarantine facilities are for patient zeros without symptoms, underlying conditions or having medical conditions but have responded to treatment and are in a stable condition.
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Facilities like schools, dormitories, unused apartment buildings can be used as a quarantine centre depending on the number of patients registered in each district. The facility must have separated areas for people who tested positive by quick tests and those who tested positive via a RT-PCR test. There must also be a medical room and five to 10 oxygen cylinders.
The patients will be quarantined for at least seven days.
HCM City authorities also proposed to let patient zeros without symptoms self-isolate at home if their house meets requirements.
The patients at the quarantine centres will be monitored closely for any new symptoms or worsening signs. Patients whose health worsens will be transferred to the nearest hospitals. HCM City will set up a quick-response team to treat urgent cases across the city.
On July 21, the Ministry of Health announced 1,739 new Covid-19 cases in HCM City. As of now, the city has recorded 39,526 cases, the highest reported number in Vietnam.