Behind the Gate (Saigon Lockdown 2021)

Expat Life Aug 9, 2021

Another day into the third month of social distancing. It is in agreement that the number of new cases have plateaued, finally. Nearly 3 million people in Saigon have been vaccinated including foreigners. We should see the numbers drop significantly in the next couple of weeks. I doubt they will drop this week, I am being more pessimistic now. Other countries would have flattened the curve by now but the D variant seems to be out of control around the world.

Ho Chi Minh City had 3991 new cases on August 9, 2021.
New cases for all of Vietnam on August 9, 2021.

Life behind the gate

My alleyway is "protected" by a gate. Nobody can enter so we have been lucky, not a single case. We are sort of the safe zone in the city right now.

The gate is usually closed now. Delivery people are not allowed to enter. Notice the gate across the street. Nobody can enter it at all due to over 200 cases.

If we leave the alleyway, on our return we need to spray our hands with the following sanitizer. Once I get to the house, I will again spray them with more hand sanitizers. I keep my mask on, enter my room and then wash my hands thoroughly. Best defense against an infection.

Hand sanitizer at the gate.


All deliveries are with Marts such as Grabmart. They cannot enter the gate. There are more supplies in the city now since the government started using QR codes to keep track of trucks. I can get my sandwiches which is something I eat once or twice a week now.

GrabMart leaving after bringing my items from GS25.

As I mentioned in the caption above, just across the alleyway is another one that has been locked for over two months now. They have over 200 cases on that side.  Co Bac and Co Giang streets are both blocked as well.

Blocked alleyway due to high infections.

Lets hope tomorrow is a better day.



A Japanese Amerasian's Journey from the Caspian Sea to Vietnam. I am a RPCV Kazakhstan and a former US Marine. I am also the Tech, Social Media & Marketing guy for Baba's Kitchen.

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