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HCMC has over 85,000 Covid patients undergoing home isolation and care

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The current number of Covid-19 patients undergoing home isolation and care in HCMC, which is the biggest coronavirus hotspot in Vietnam in the latest outbreak, is 85,298 cases, according to the HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC).

Among them, nearly 60,600 patients began self-quarantining at home since the date they were found to be infected with the disease, while some 24,700 others had been discharged from hospital and are currently under home-based quarantine and care.

More than 22,200 other active cases are under quarantine and treatment at concentrated quarantine facilities citywide.

The city set up over 400 pop-up healthcare stations to monitor the health condition of Covid-19 patients receiving home-based care.

After conducting rapid Covid tests and detecting new infections, the mobile medical stations will timely cope with these cases and thus help ease the overload facing hospitals in the city. The city also launched a program providing Molnupiravir Covid-19 antiviral pills for mild-symptom Covid-19 patients.

Besides this, the city’s health authorities conducted rapid antigen tests for residents in high-risk areas every two days and for those in the remaining areas once a week.

Data from HCDC also revealed that the new infections over the past week remained high, with around 4,700 fresh cases detected daily.

As of 6 a.m. today, August 30, the city had 210,425 infections being confirmed by the Ministry of Health, including 209,980 domestic cases and 445 imported cases.

The city is providing medical treatment for more than 40,200 coronavirus patients. Of them, some 2,400 are children aged under 16, over 2,700 others are severely ill relying on ventilators, and 15 others require ECMO support.

HCDC added that there were 2,246 new recoveries and 256 new deaths reported on August 29. The total number of recovered cases in the city in the year to date has reached 104,844.

As for the city’s vaccination campaign, it had administered more than 5.8 million Covid vaccine doses as of August 28, up 58,286 doses against the previous day.

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