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HCMC braces for potential Covid case spike

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health has told the grassroots authorities to review the healthcare system and improve the Covid treatment capacity to prepare for a potential coronavirus flare-up.

The city has seen an increase in Covid infections after the Lunar New Year holiday ended and students returned to school, Deputy Director of the municipal department Nguyen Van Vinh Chau said in a dispatch sent to the districts’ healthcare centers on February 18.

Over the past three days, HCMC has been reporting 500-700 infections each day, the local media reported.

As such, the HCMC department asked the districts and Thu Duc City to enhance their capacity to treat and care for home-based Covid patients and ensure healthcare centers can admit and treat Covid cases.

Each commune, ward and town must prepare for a Covid treatment facility and prepare to activate the facility if Covid hospitalizations soar, according to the municipal department.

Most eligible residents in the city are fully vaccinated against Covid, while HCMC has seen most Covid patients develop no or mild symptoms.

As a result, each pop-up healthcare station should have one doctor and one or two nurses to care for 50-100 Covid-infected households, according to the department.

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