Vietnam’s major cities are considering extending or tightening restrictions on movement to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The daily cases have surpassed 6,000 for seven consecutive days, authorities said on Wednesday. After successfully containing the virus for most of the pandemic, Vietnam has been facing record daily surges of infections since an outbreak which emerged in late April. Vietnam reported 6,559 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, raising its total number since the start of the pandemic to more than 120,000. Around 450,000 people have been fully vaccinated. Vietnam has a population of 98 million.
The Vietnamese government has imposed strict curbs on movement in about a third of the country, including the commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City in the south and the capital Hanoi in the north. “Hanoi may impose stricter measures in high-risk areas in order to fight the outbreak more fiercely,” city chairman Chu Ngoc Anh said in a government statement.
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City said the city might need to extend its social distancing period by one or two weeks after Aug 1 as infections continue to rise. The current outbreak has raised pressure on the government to shore up its vaccine supply and speed up inoculations.
Vietnam has received over 14 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from multiple sources including donations, the global Covax vaccine-sharing scheme and its procurement. A post linked to a British government statement on the donation of 9 million vaccines said the United Kingdom will donate 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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