Vietnam said on Friday it would also deploy troops in the city to enforce the lockdown and deliver food supplies to citizens, as the city turns to drastic measures to slow a spiralling rate of coronavirus deaths.
Vietnam has recorded 323,000 coronavirus infections and 7,540 deaths, with Ho Chi Minh City accounting for more than half of the cases and 80 per cent of the fatalities, according to the health ministry.
“The city is ready with measures to supply food and essential goods for the residents,” Phan Van Mai, deputy head of the city’s coronavirus task force was quoted as saying.
Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party on Friday announced a decision to replace Nguyen Thanh Phong as chairman of the city’s People’s Committee. It did not give a reason, but analysts cited his poor handling of the outbreak.