As Covid-19 cases hit a record, Vietnam plans to boost testing

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As it seeks to manage its worst epidemic outbreak, Vietnam announced a record number of new coronavirus infections on Thursday (July 1). It planned to undertake mass testing on half of the population of its most significant metropolis.
According to the health ministry, the city aims to use home quarantine for suspected cases, which may be duplicated countrywide, marking a departure in policy from previous strategies that depended on centralized centers frequently administered by the military.
The majority of the 713 new cases were in Ho Chi Minh City, a 9-million-strong southern commercial center, with officials planning to test nearly half of them by Tuesday next week.
Only 17,576 instances of Covid-19 have been recorded in Vietnam, with 81 deaths, most of which have occurred since late April.
Nguyen Thanh Long, the Minister of Health, said it was critical to stop the spread now or face economic harm.

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