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Binh Phuoc to set up three more field hospitals as Covid spreads

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – As new Covid-19 cases have spiked over the past 10 days, Binh Phuoc Province decided yesterday, November 8, to establish three more field hospitals.
The southern province has worked out a worst-case scenario in which the number of hospitalizations would rise to 3,000, up from the earlier planned 1,000.

Data from the Center for Disease Control in Binh Phuoc Province shows the province had reported 2,318 cases by November 8, with 670 of them under treatment, 1,634 having recovered and 15 having died, according to a news report of the Vietnam News Agency.

A 200-bed treatment facility will be located in Chon Thanh District, a 200-bed facility in Bu Dang District, and a 360-bed facility at Binh Phuoc College.

According to the provincial government, the trajectory of the pandemic in Binh Phuoc and neighboring provinces remains unpredictable. Sources of infection of new clusters are unknown.

Binh Phuoc’s vaccination rates are still low.

With the establishment of the three field hospitals, the province’s healthcare system will be able to handle 3,000 hospitalizations at a time.

If new cases continue to soar, the province will weigh allowing Covid patients with no or mild symptoms to self-isolate at home.

The provincial government also ordered quarantining direct contacts of confirmed cases at home if their residences meet the requirements.

The province will also set up a three-level treatment system. Medical facilities under level 1 will tackle cases with no or mild symptoms. The level-2 facilities will receive moderately-ill patients, while those in severe or critical condition will be treated at the level-3 facilities.

The province also proposed that the Ministry of Health support it by sending medical workers and equipment to set up a Covid ICU center with 100 beds in the province.

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