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All new Covid-19 cases in HCMC found in community

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – From August 29 to September 3, all Covid-19 cases in HCMC were community-transmitted ones, according to the HCMC Department of Health.

During the period, the city intensified anti-pandemic measures and conducted a mass Covid-19 testing drive to quickly isolate Covid-19 cases from the community.

On September 3 alone, the city detected 8,480 Covid-19 cases, accounting for nearly 4.7% of the total 180,944 samples collected for testing, rising 2.7 percentage points over the rate on September 1, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper reported.

Of the total new cases found on September 3, Binh Tan made up the most, at 777 cases, followed by District 1 with 736 cases, Tan Binh with 696 cases, District 12 with 669 cases and Binh Chanh with 583 cases.

The spike of new cases on September 3 was the highest during the 12 days HCMC has been applying strict anti-virus measures and also the highest so far.

Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam said Thu Duc City and districts in HCMC were conducting the second stage of the mass testing drive.

According to the HCMC Center for Disease Control, the city will continue conducting quick tests for all residents in extremely high-risk and high-risk areas, while those in areas with a low risk of pandemic transmission and coronavirus-free areas will undergo RT-PCR tests in groups of five and 10 people, respectively.

In the current fourth Covid-19 wave, HCMC has reported 241,084 Covid-19 cases.

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