Ho Chi Minh City expects to discharge 1,000 COVID-19 patients from hospitals per day

Friday, 23/07/2021 09:55
Ho Chi Minh City has discharged 4,837 COVID-19 patients from hospitals, and it is expected that in the coming days, the number of discharged patients will increase to an average of about 1,000 patients per day, Nguyen Huu Hung, Deputy Director of the City Department of Health, said on July 21.

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Ho Chi Minh City isolates F0 contacts who have no symptoms and underlying diseases at home. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

According to the city Center for Disease Control (CDC), on July 21, the city reported 3,556 new infections. “90% of patients were detected in isolated or blockade areas,” said Doctor Nguyen Hong Tam, Deputy Director of the city CDC.

Talking about the treatment of the patients, Mr. Hung said that up to now, Ho Chi Minh City has 35 COVID-19 treatment hospitals with a total number of 59,000 beds. There are currently 35,000 patients being treated at these hospitals.

"Despite the complicated development of the disease in the city, the health sector still ensures treatment," he added.

According to statistics of the City Department of Health, the number of deaths so far is 332, of which most are cases of underlying diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, diabetes or high blood pressure.

The city has instructed localities to deploy concentrated isolation for F0 contacts who have no symptoms, no underlying disease or have been treated stably and are not obese.

Accordingly, F0 cases will be isolated at concentrated areas for 7 days and then return to home for monitoring if the RT-PCR test on day 7 is negative or positive with a low viral load.

Particularly for newly detected asymptomatic F0 cases, if the RT-PCR test results show low viral load, they will be considered for isolation at home.

On July 22, Ho Chi Minh City began the 5th phase of COVID-19 vaccination campaign with 615 vaccination points across the city.

It is expected that the campaign will take place over 2 weeks with more than 930,000 doses of vaccine being administered for people./.

Compiled by BTA