Vietnam has deployed soldiers in Ho Chi Minh city to help enforce the lockdown beginning Monday in order to contain the growing Delta outbreak.
Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh ordered local authorities in Ho Chi Minh to ask residents to “stay put” while the military would step in to help in food distribution.
Pham added that local authorities must ensure that the poor, elderly, women and children, and other vulnerable groups would receive a supply of food and essential services.
Pham also ordered COVID-19 tests for all Ho Chi Minh City residents to detect infected cases and stop the spread of the virus.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health confirmed over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with a national patient tally of almost 358,500.
The ministry recorded that out of the reported 10,000 domestic cases, 6,000 cases came from Ho Chi Minh city.
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