More than 3,300 health workers and students of medical schools are present in the southern metropolis that is now the country’s biggest pandemic hotbeds.

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The ministry will also establish 24 working groups to support the city in the fight, Long said.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said the city will impose social distancing in line with the Prime Minister’s Directive No. 16 for 15 days, starting July 9.

Accordingly, local residents are asked to stay at home and only go outside for essential trips such as buying food and medicines, or emergency care. Essential good delivery services are allowed.

The ministry reported that additional 314 new COVID-19 cases were added to the national tally from 7:30pm on July 7 to 6:00am on July 8, raising the caseload to 23,385 which include 1,891 imported cases.

Among the new infections, 234 were recorded in HCM City and the remaining in its neighboring province of Binh Duong. Of the total, 264 were detected in quarantine sites or sealed-off areas.

Source: VNA