The municipal Education and Training Department suggested Thursday that the plan to reopen schools should give priority to kindergartens, first and second grades as it is hard for those children to learn online; and to those in senior years at high schools and secondary schools. Students should be divided into smaller classes to ensure social distancing and attend just one shift in the morning or afternoon instead of staying at school all day, the department has said. Priority in the reopening plan will be given to private schools, because unlike public schools, their facilities have not been used in the city's Covid-19 fight. During the latest outbreak in the city, more than a few schools have been used as centralized quarantine camps as well as venues for mass testing and mass vaccination campaigns. For now, districts that have basically put the epidemic situation under control will make specific plans for having students back in classes. However, parents and students … [Read more...] about HCMC to let private schools reopen first
However, it would also ease the lockdown in some districts such as Can Gio and Cu Chi where the situation is stable, city vice chairman Duong Anh Duc told a forum Sunday night. Directive 16 requires people to stay at home and only go out for basic necessities like buying food or medicines or to work at places that are allowed to open. In some districts where the outbreak is yet to be controlled, stricter measures that prescribed by the directive would be imposed, he said without specifying them. Nguyen Van Nen, the city Party secretary, said controlling the outbreak by September 15 is unlikely and the city would need "more time." Only some areas have brought the pandemic under control, he said. With the contagious Delta variant, it is difficult to pursue the Covid-zero strategy within a specific period of time in HCMC, he said. The government had said last month it wanted HCMC to control the outbreak by Sept. 15. The city is the epicenter of the fourth Covid-19 wave to … [Read more...] about HCMC to extend lockdown after September 15 to quell Covid
Recovered COVID-19 patients can contribute to Ho Chi Minh City’s pandemic prevention and control efforts provided they meet certain requirements laid down by the municipal health department. The increasing number of coronavirus cases in Ho Chi Minh City has been posing a lot of difficulties for health workers at local treatment and quarantine facilities, according to the municipal Department of Health. City officials hope that enlisting the help of recovered patients, who theoretically have built up sufficient antibodies to protect against reinfection, will provide much needed support for the city’s already stretched resources. A plan developed by the health department to recruit and deploy volunteers is currently under review by the municipal People’s Committee. In order to become volunteers in the city’s pandemic response, recovered patients must meet certain requirements, including having completed 14-day self-quarantine following their recovery, being in good health, being … [Read more...] about How can recovered patients take part in Ho Chi Minh City’s COVID-19 response?
The proposal, submitted Wednesday to the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, is part of preparations for scenarios after September 15. The department said the number of new infections and deaths in the city should begin to fall after September 15 as coronavirus control measures were working. As the city aims to vaccinate all its adult population, it can also look into relaxing certain restrictions gradually, based on infection risks and medical capabilities, the department said. Depending on how well the virus has been contained, the "Covid-19 green passes" would allow the people to resume production and daily lives. Those eligible to get the passes would include fully vaccinated people who have produced enough antibodies, and those who have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months. In areas where social distancing orders are under Directive 15, a more relaxed version than Directive 16, people who have recovered as well as fully vaccinated people under 65 without … [Read more...] about HCMC considers ‘green passes’ for fully vaccinated, Covid recoveries
Vietnamese police have caught two coronavirus-positive patients who fled a quarantine center, while another infected fugitive is still on the loose. The two escapees were identified to be Dang Thanh Tai, 39, and Nguyen Trung Nghia, 39, who had been quarantined at a school facility in Dong Nai Province for their positive quick test results before they fled on September 2. Tai was found on Vu Hong Pho Street in the provincial capital of Bien Hoa on Wednesday, while Nghia had been detected near a junction in nearby An Binh Ward one day earlier. Both escapees were promptly put through real-time RT-PCR testing and sent back to the school campus, where they had run away from, to wait for the handling of their cases. Nguyen Trung Nghia, a quarantine fugitive, is caught on a street in Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre Tai and Nghia are two among three quarantine fugitives wanted by the Bien Hoa People’s Committee, according to an official statement … [Read more...] about Coronavirus patients captured after fleeing quarantine center in southern Vietnam
At a meeting with the business community on Friday, city authorities revealed plans to open up in three phases with people categorized in two groups starting September 15. The first group will comprise fully vaccinated people who produce enough antibodies and those who have recovered from Covid in the previous six months, and they will be issued green passes. The second group will comprise people who have received one shot of a vaccine and produce a certain amount of antibodies, and they will receive yellow passes. In the first phase between September 16 and October 31, karaoke and massage parlors, night clubs, bars, restaurants, sports and amusement venues, cinemas, and shopping malls will remain closed. Organizations and businesses all of whose employees have green passes can carry on any activity except those in this list. Green pass holders can move freely while yellow pass holders will need to furnish a negative Covid test to take part in certain activities. In the … [Read more...] about HCMC eyes January return to post-pandemic normalcy