Nearly 2,000 more patients recover from COVID-19 in HCM City hotspot

VOV.VN - As many as 1,955 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on July 26 after making a full recovery from the disease, according to the HCM City Centre of Disease Control (HCDC).

The figure raised the total number of coronavirus recoveries in the city, the largest COVID-19 hotspot in Vietnam at present, to 16,659.

Healthcare facilities in the city are now giving treatment to 37,714 COVID-19 patients, of whom 696 are on mechanical ventilation and 13 are on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a life support therapy given to critically-ill cases.

The HCDC reports 38 chains of transmission have been placed under scrutiny. A new cluster of infections has just been discovered in a residential area in Tan Binh district.

Between May 26 and July 26 HCM City had taken a total of 2.5 million test samples, of which nearly 2.4 million samples were returned.

The city is implementing an extensive vaccination campaign, and injection sites are required to only administer injections for 120 people/day each to ensure safety.

It has extended social distancing rules until August 1 in an effort to halt the spread of the virus. Local residents are banned from going out from 06.00pm till 06.00am of the following day under new rules starting July 26.

HCM City, the busiest and most populous city in Vietnam, has recorded nearly 70,000 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since April 29. Thousands of new cases are logged every day and the number of cases is expected to rise in the coming days.