Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam

Dam, who is also head of the committee, urged the city to strengthen transport of newly-infectious cases to treatment facilities, especially those with worsening symptoms.

HCM City needs to ensure the supply of essential goods and food to stabilize people's lives and encourage people to share the immediate difficulties to strictly comply with social distancing regulations, he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Dam requested quicker testing, saying forces need to quickly collect samples, organise testing, and quarantine infection cases.

Also on the day, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh inspected COVID-19 prevention and control of in Dong Thap province.

He underscored the Mekong Delta province's goal of reducing the number of cases and deaths during the social distancing period, while protecting production activities of enterprises to both fight pandemic and develop the economy.

The province needs to focus on mobilizing resources for COVID-19 prevention and control, carry out social and security work, and help vulnerable and disadvantaged people, he said.

Source: VNA