HCMC rushes to reinstate quarantine centers for 30,000 people
File photo of quarantinees at the dormitory of the Vietnam National University HCMC. The health authority of HCMC is working to set up more concentrated quarantine centers to handle 30,000 people in case the Covid-19 pandemic in the city spreads further – PHOTO: TPO
HCMC – The health authority of HCMC is working to reopen concentrated quarantine centers that would be able to handle 30,000 people in case the Covid-19 pandemic spreads further in the city, said a representative of the HCMC Center for Disease Control this morning, May 25.
These quarantine centers will include nine military-run facilities and one unit of the dormitory of the Vietnam National University HCMC, with a total capacity of 19,520 beds, reported Tien Phong newspaper.
Along with the existing 10,481 beds, the city will be able to handle 30,000 people at the concentrated quarantine centers, the representative added.
According to an urgent dispatch recently signed by Duong Anh Duc, vice chairman of the municipal government, the HCMC Military Command can temporarily use Campus 2 of the Can Gio Covid-19 treatment hospital to receive and quarantine those arriving from abroad, with 300 beds.
The HCMC Military Command is ramping up efforts to renovate quarantine centers under its management in order to hand over the Can Gio Covid-19 treatment hospital and Cu Chi Covid-19 field hospital to the city’s health sector.
The municipal government demanded that if the pandemic hits the city harder and infections soar, the HCMC Military Command has to hand over all of the beds at the Campus 2 to the HCMC Department of Health to receive and provide medical treatment to coronavirus patients.
The city’s government also asked the Campus 1 of the Can Gio hospital to get ready to receive, treat and quarantine suspected and confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Further, the city’s administration approved the resumption of backup quarantine facilities at universities for those in close contact with coronavirus patients.
In the current fourth coronavirus wave since April 27, the city had reported six coronavirus cases by community transmission as of this morning.