Yesterday, Ho Chi Minh City enforced it's first curfew during the entire Covid-19 Pandemic here in Vietnam. The fourth wave, with the prevalent D variant, is spreading quite fast across the city. With many people "still" not abiding by social distancing rules, the People's Committee had no choice but to enforce a curfew. It does make for some nice pictures with the streets of Saigon being empty now.
Yesterday there approximately 6000 new positive cases in Ho Chi Minh City. There were nearly 1850 cases this morning alone. Most if the cases are in isolated areas already.
Vietnam is still doing quite well when compared to their neighbors. Social distancing measures are working. The only frustration people are having, besides being cooped inside, is knowing when they will get their vaccination. Covax is a bit slow even though the US has donated nearly 5 million Moderna vaccines already. To reach herd immunity, Vietnam will need at least 140 million vaccines. Western countries with large unused supplies of vaccines need to send them to countries that need them now.
Another change for this week is that we need a pass to buy groceries now. I was given two passes yesterday that must be handed to the store. That is a big difference from the last two weeks of Social Distance 16.
We will see how long this continues. Some are hopeful that August 1st things will be relaxed.