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Dong Nai extends social distancing under Directive 16 by nine days
Wednesday,  7/21/2021, 18:32 

Dong Nai extends social distancing under Directive 16 by nine days

The Saigon Times

An area in Xuan Thanh Ward, Long Khanh City, Dong Nai Province, is locked down after detecting Covid-19 infections. The province will continue imposing province-wide social distancing following the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 until the end of August 1 - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - The Dong Nai Province government has decided to extend the province-wide social distancing period following the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 by nine days as the Covid-19 situation remains complicated.

The southern province previously imposed a 12-day social distancing period following Directive No. 16, starting from July 9. After 12 days, the number of Covid-19 infections in the province is still on the rise.

Therefore, the province has asked Bien Hoa City, Long Khanh City and nine districts, with a total population of 3.2 million, to continue social distancing in accordance with the regulations of Directive No. 16 until the end of August 1.

The province asked businesses to ensure all workers undergo Covid-19 tests and work closely with the local authorities in case any workers are found to be infected with Covid-19. Those that remain operational have to strictly comply with Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures.

The chairman of Dong Nai Province said fighting the pandemic is the top priority of the province at present. All provincial departments, agencies and localities should work together, mobilize all resources and do their best to bring the pandemic under control and ensure the safety, health and sufficient supply of goods for the residents. 

Dong Nai reported 215 new Covid-19 infections this morning, July 21, sending its Covid-19 tally in the fourth Covid-19 wave, which began in late April, to 1,566. Bien Hoa City recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections with 768 cases, followed by Vinh Cuu District with 245 cases, Nhon Trach District with 157 cases and Thong Nhat District with 147 cases.

The biggest Covid-19 cluster in the province at present is related to Changshin Vietnam Company in Vinh Cuu District. Multiple infections linked to this cluster have been found in Thanh Phu Commune, Vinh Cuu District and some wards in Bien Hoa City.

Besides, many Covid-19 patients in the province are vendors at traditional markets. The Long Khanh City market has been closed down after detecting a large number of Covid-19 cases.

Dong Nai currently has two hospitals specializing in Covid-19 treatment and six Covid-19 field hospitals with a total of more than 2,000 beds.

Moreover, the Dong Nai General Hospital and Thong Nhat Hospital are going to put two intensive care units into operation to treat Covid-19 patients in critical condition. These intensive care units have more than 100 beds and are equipped with modern devices, with support from the Ministry of Health.

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