According to the official, the infection rate had previously stayed at 70% in lockdown or quarantine areas, but the trend has reversed during the past few days.
“Today, Ho Chi Minh City has recorded 3,342 new cases, of which community cases accounted for 53%, and those diagnosed in blockaded areas made up 41%”, Phong said at a meeting on August 16.
He asked districts to speed up COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in an attempt to gradually bring the disease under control before the September 15 deadline.
The city, in his opinion, will make a greater effort to reduce the mortality rate of patients due to COVID-19 from August 15 to 22.
It will strive to expand green zones, aiming to control the outbreak in districts 5, 7, 11, as well as Phu Nhuan, Can Gio, Cu Chi and Nha be districts by the end of August.
From September 1 to 15, the city will maintain and control infection numbers in the community. It will strive to reduce the number of hospitalisations for treatment to fewer than 2,000 per day, and ensure that more than 70% of people aged 18 and above get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 15% of the people get the second dose.
To realize the goal, the HCM City Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control requested blockaded areas to tighten management and resolutely deal with law-breakers and those that let cross infections occur in the areas.
HCM City is currently the largest coronavirus hotspot in Vietnam. The southern metropolis has so far recorded more than 150,000 new infections since the resurgence of the virus in late April.