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HCM City sets up two more field hospitals to receive COVID-19 patients

by VOV27 June 2021 Last updated at 06:00 AM

Taking care of a COVID-19 patient at HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
Taking care of a COVID-19 patient at HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

VTV.vn - The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has decided to establish two more field hospitals to receive and treat COVID-19 patients.

Under a decision signed on June 26 by Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the municipal Department of Health, two students dormitories of the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City branch in Binh Duong province and Thu Duc city will be converted into the two field hospitals.

Both hospitals will have a combined total of 5,000 beds.

The fresh coronavirus outbreak in HCM City has yet to show signs of waning, and the number of positive cases has increased considerably over the past days, reads the decision.

HCM City is currently the epicenter of the fresh outbreak in southern Vietnam. The hotspot has logged more than 3,000 cases in the community in less than two months since the resurgence of the virus.

Director Nguyen Tan Binh predicted that the caseload would rise in the coming days as many chains of transmission are of unknown origin and many cases are asymptomatic.

With two more field hospitals to be established, HCM City will have 11 hospitals that are able to receive and treat COVID-19 patients, with a total capacity of 10,000 beds.

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