VOV.VN - Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, has lowered its COVID-19 alert level to green – the lowest in the four alert level system adopted by the Ministry of Health – thanks to its encouraging results in combating the virus.
A decision to this effect was signed on January 8 by Duong Anh Duc, vice chairman of the municipal administration.
According to the decision, 18 local districts have now turned green on the municipal COVID-19 map, while District 1, 10 and Binh Thanh and Thu Duc city remain in Level 2.
This is the first time the coronavirus outbreak in HCM City has been downgraded to Level 1, after maintaining its Lever 2 (Yellow) for the past weeks.
The municipal Department of Health reports the weekly number of new cases from December 31, 2021 to January 6, 2022 was 3,244 cases, a decrease of 843 cases compared to the previous week.
The outbreak is showing signs of abating in the city as the daily numbers of new infections, hospitalisations and deaths are all decreasing considerably.
Currently the city has recorded no more than 500 infections daily compared to 14,000 – 15,000 cases during the height of the outbreak in August – September 2021.
The daily number of deaths has also dropped significantly from more than 300 in August 2021 to approximately 20 at present.
The city is stepping up the injection of the booster jab for local residents and it aims to complete the booster jab for adults by the end of January.
Though the city has becomes a green zone, experts warn local people to strictly implement COVID-19 guidelines plus vaccinations.