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Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City faces medical collapse as COVID surges

New daily cases surpass 3,000, putting healthcare system under pressure

Mask-wearing pedestrians crowd the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. The current wave of COVID infections, which hit Vietnam on April 27, has seen a total of 34,582 cases nationwide, resulting in 100 deaths.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, is on the verge of medical collapse as outbreaks of COVID-19 pandemic ravage the commercial and supply chain hub. The communist-led country was previously known for its successful handling of the virus. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held an emergency meeting Thursday calling for unity and mobilizing resources to fight the disease in the city.

"Ho Chi Minh City and the southern key economic region are experiencing very complicated epidemics," the prime minister said in the online emergency meeting connecting Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces in the south.

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