Saigon Lockdown (Week 2)

Saigon Jul 19, 2021

Yesterday Ho Chi Minh City had roughly 4700 new Covid cases. An increase of roughly 1900 cases from the day before. The numbers may seem to be increasing but just remember, mass testing really started in late June to early July. We are hoping that the 4700 may be the pick for Saigon. This mornings number are lower than yesterday so possibly the number of new infections will drop this week.

If you are interested in getting any numbers of new infections across Saigon and/or Vietnam, Vietnam Express does a really good job updating Covid cases in Vietnam. Updates on  new cases are always made in the morning, around lunchtime and in the early evenings. The Ho Chi Minh City government also has a website <> which contains information on the locations of those infected.

The city is still quiet. The much rumored full lockdown never panned out. De Tham street is very quiet. Mondays at 3:30 PM, the time I took the below photo, should be busy. Majority of Saigoneers are doing a great job following the social distancing rules.

De Tham Street still unusually dead at 3:30 PM on Monday.

Technically Directive 16 is supposed to end in 5 days but most likely it will be extended another week to match Directive 16 that was implemented for all of southern Vietnam. We will probabaly get an update on the 24th.

At least the weather is cool again.

The weather has cooled down a bit which is normal for July. The heat gets unbearable especially if you have to stay inside. At least with the rain storm, you can forget about the lockdown for a bit to enjoy the cool air.

Stay safe. Wear a mask.


Kevin Miller

A Japanese Amerasian's Journey from the Caspian Sea to Vietnam heading to Japan. 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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