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HCM City to ensure food supply, medical treatment during lockdown, stops takeaway services


HCM City to ensure food supply, medical treatment during lockdown, stops takeaway services

HCM CITY — Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam has ordered HCM City authorities to tighten COVID- 一 九 prevention measures at field hospitals and lockdown areas while ensuring food supply at supermarkets during the  一 五-day lockdown period starting Friday under Directive  一 六.

Đam, who is head of the National Steering Co妹妹ittee for COVID- 一 九 Prevention and Control, spoke during his inspection of pandemic-prevention measures at field hospital No.  二 for COVID treatment in District  一 二.

Đam said the situation remains complex with cases expected to increase in coming days. He said the city should use more resettlement houses, large land plots, and factories to set up field hospitals for COVID treatment of people who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

A representative of field hospital No  二, which uses a resettlement apartment building in Tân Thới Nhất Ward, said the  二, 五00-bed hospital received  二, 三00 COVID- 一 九 patients after three days of operation. 

The city has four field hospitals with a total of  一 二,000 beds that treat asymptomatic patients. Another  一 二 hospitals with a total capacity of  五,000 beds treat patients with mild symptoms.

HCM City to ensure food supply, medical treatment during lockdown, stops takeaway services

Đam demanded the city ensure that people’s lives, especially the poor, would not be seriously affected.

He told city leaders to enhance prevention measures under Directive  一 六 while maintaining production and business at the highest possible level.

The city must work with the Ministry of Transport and neighbouring provinces to ensure goods circulation between the city and other provinces and facilitate testing for the drivers who travel between provinces.

Food supply ensured

Prior to the strict lockdown period, many people have been flocking to supermarkets for fear of shortages, creating unsafe crowding in stores.

Online purchases have increased by two to  一0 times in recent days compared to before, and by three times at supermarkets. Some items are out of stock due to crowds of shoppers.

Speaking at a meeting on Wednesday, Nguyễn Thành Phong, chairman of the People’s Co妹妹ittee, said that supply chains in the city remained stable despite closures of several wholesale markets. Goods are stocked up to  一 二0,000 tonnes a month.

He encouraged people to shop online.

Up to  一0 六 markets,  一 二 四 traditional markets, and more than  二,000 mini-markets and convenience stores across the city will be used to ensure sufficient supply of food and essential items for residents.

Representatives of supermarkets said they were working hard to supply goods to consumers.

 一0,000 medical staff mobilised

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long said that  一0,000 medical staff will be sent to HCM City.

The ministry will also set up  二 四 working groups for all districts and Thủ Đức City to tackle the outbreak.

Earlier, more than  三, 三00 medical officers and staff from units under the Ministry of Health and students from medical universities arrived in the city to help fight the outbreak. 

The ministry has sent seven task forces to seven pandemic hotspots (Đồng Nai, Bình Dương, Quảng Ngãi, Phú Yên, Đồng Tháp, Long An, and Tiền Giang provinces).

“The pandemic hotspots must be well prepared for all scenarios and response plans to cope with the spread caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant,” Long said.

He said that HCM City should increase rapid testing in locked-down areas every three days, and in high-risk areas every week. 

Long reco妹妹ended that all people coming for medical examination and treatment at medical facilities must be tested in order to detect COVID cases.

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