Vietnam plans to check all 9 million folks in its largest metropolis for the coronavirus and imposed extra restrictions after the invention of a brand new variant because it offers with a rising COVID-19 outbreak.
Individuals in Ho Chi Minh metropolis are solely allowed to go away house for vital actions and public gatherings of greater than 10 individuals are banned for the subsequent two weeks, the federal government introduced. Previous to the order, town, additionally Vietnam’s financial hub, shut down non-essential enterprise final Thursday when circumstances began to extend.
State newspaper Vietnam Information stated town authority is planning to check its complete inhabitants with a testing capability of 100,000 samples a day.
The newspaper additionally stated police had filed a case Sunday in opposition to the couple who head a Protestant church mission for “spreading harmful infectious illnesses,” citing poor well being protocols utilized on the premises.
At the least 145 circumstances of coronavirus an infection have been reported with hyperlinks to the Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Protestant sect, and town district of Go Vap, the place the church is predicated, has been locked down. Vietnam has since banned all spiritual occasions nationwide.
The newspaper stated church followers gathered in small house for singing and chanting with out correct distancing and masks carrying. Ho Chi Minh metropolis police stated the mission has 48 registered members.
The report stated the husband and spouse accused within the case have been liable for main and organizing actions on the church. They weren’t recognized and will not be beneath arrest.
Because the finish of April, a surge in COVID-19 has unfold to 31 municipalities and provinces in Vietnam with over 4,000 circumstances, nearly double the whole quantity that the nation reported because the starting of the pandemic.
Some latest sufferers in Vietnam have been contaminated with a hybrid of the virus variants first present in India and the UK, the well being minister stated Saturday. Nguyen Thanh Lengthy stated the hybrid may unfold extra simply and may very well be liable for Vietnam’s latest surge.
Viruses usually develop small genetic modifications as they reproduce, and new variants of the coronavirus have been seen nearly because it was first detected in China in late 2019. The World Well being Group categorized the U.Ok. and the Indian variants, together with two others first present in South Africa and Brazil, as “variants of concern” as a result of they look like extra contagious.
Vietnam has vaccinated 1 million folks with AstraZeneca photographs. It has a cope with Pfizer for 30 million doses to be delivered later this yr. Additionally it is in talks with Moderna that may give it sufficient photographs to totally vaccinate 80% of its 96 million folks.