Phan Van Mai, permanent deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, chairs a press briefing on July 13, saying that the city had mapped out three scenarios for the fight against Covid-19 after the 15-day stay-at-home order ends - PHOTO: NLDO
HCMC - HCMC has mapped out three scenarios for the fight against Covid-19 after the 15-day social distancing order under the prime minister’s Directive 16 ends, it was announced at a press briefing on July 13.
Chairing the press briefing, Phan Van Mai, deputy standing secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, said that in the first scenario, after the stay-at-home period, if the city brings the Covid-19 pandemic under control, it will ease social distancing and restriction measures.
In the second scenario, if the fight against Covid-19 in the city has yet to pay off, the city will continue applying social distancing under Directive 16 or even tighten Covid-19 measures in some parts.
Under the worst-case scenario, when the number of infections surges and the city cannot control the pandemic, HCMC will adopt lockdown measures and harsher solutions.
The city is continuing to study these scenarios to propose that the Ministry of Health give suitable directives and instructions.
The success in the battle against the pandemic depends on the implementation of social distancing under Directive 16 for the remaining nine days of the period. Residents and firms should strictly comply with Covid-19 safety protocols, Mai said.
The competent forces must also ramp up their efforts and fulfill their tasks to maximize the effectiveness of anti-Covid-19 measures, he added.
In addition, Mai said the city is focusing on three key tasks for Covid-19 prevention and control operations---quickly detecting positive Covid-19 cases, quarantining and treating Covid-19 patients and speeding up Covid-19 vaccination to suppress the pandemic as soon as possible.
HCMC began social distancing under Directive 16 for 15 days from July 9 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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