HCM City aims to control COVID-19 prior to July 10 hinh anh 1Collecting samples for COVID-19 testing (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City has planned to conduct COVID-19 testing for one million aggregate samples per day, with a hope to control the pandemic before July 10.

An urgent action programme to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic from now until July 10 has been announced by the municipal authorities.

Apart from increasing the testing, every effort will be exerted to trace, zone off and stamp out the pandemic while attention will be paid to strictly controlling quarantine sites to minimise cross-infection risks.

HCM City aims to control COVID-19 prior to July 10 hinh anh 2Spraying disinfectant at a street in Go Vap district (Photo: VNA)

Large-scale sample collection and narrow-scale lockdown will be conducted in areas where COVID-19 infections were confirmed. Test results in these areas are expected to be confirmed within 12 hours.

The local authorities have also prepared a response scenario for treatment of 10,000 infections. The city’s health sector has prepared oxygen reserves, medical supplies and equipment serving the work.

Regarding the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, the municipal authorities are urgently working with partners and negotiating with vaccine manufacturers to accelerate the purchase and import of vaccines, so that the city can receive the first vaccine batch at the end of the third quarter.

The city has set to give vaccinations to two-thirds of its population in late 2021.

As of July 1 morning, HCM City had recorded 3,998 COVID-19 infections./.