The Ministry of Health confirmed 76 more Covid-19 community transmissions in Vietnam Sunday morning, with more than half in Ho Chi Minh City.
HCMC will suspend traditional and ride-hailing taxi services, public buses and inter-provincial buses from Sunday as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19.
Vietnam reports 76 new local Covid-19 cases today morning, of the new cases, 46 were recorded in HCMC, 20 in Bac Giang, 7 in Bac Ninh, and 3 in Nghe An.
According to VNExpress, the new patients have propelled the HCMC’s case count to rank second in the ongoing wave, surpassing Bac Ninh. Fourty one new cases in the southern metro are detected in quarantined areas, while the rest are being contact traced.
All the cases in the northern province of Bac Giang are associated with existing outbreaks at local industrial parks. Seven patients in its neighbor Bac Ninh are also linked to local outbreaks.
Since the new wave started on April 27, community infections have been recorded in 41 cities and provinces, with Bac Giang and HCMC accounting for the highest cases, at 5,330 and 1,527 respectively, followed closely by Bac Ninh with 1,513.
Twenty two localities have not detected any new cases in 14 days. Eight others have not had any new patients in 30 days.
Vietnam’s largest city of HCMC suspends taxi, bus services amid rising Covid infections
This is part of the city’s tougher pandemic prevention measures to cope with rising infections, Tu Luong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Information and Communications, said at a press conference on Saturday night.
This is the second time that passenger transport services in HCMC have been forced to stop operation since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in early last year. In April 2020 amid a nationwide social distancing order, these means of transport were also suspended.
Luong said the pandemic situation in the city is getting worse and the number of new daily infections has been exceeding 100. The number of community transmissions is expected to continue rising next week, requiring city authorities to impose stricter prevention measures.
From Sunday, the city also bans gatherings of three or more outside workplaces, schools and hospitals, and requires people to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters in public. People are required to stay at home and only go out when necessary.
The city extended its two-week social distancing period by another two weeks on Tuesday under government’s Directive 15, which bans gatherings of 20 people or more in one place and of 10 people or more outside workplaces, schools and hospitals, VNExpress reported.