Amazing how fast the week passes when you are in lockdown. The days go really fast. Today I needed to get some fresh air so I walked out into the balcony and climbed the stairwell to the roof. I should do this everyday. Go out and read for 30 minutes in the sun.
Morning Covid 19 Cases are higher for Saigon
First, yesterday's new Covid 19 cases in Ho Chi Minh City dropped to 3400. Good news but nobody crosses their fingers anymore. A low number of new cases is usually followed by a high number the next day. The only good news is that the number of new cases in Saigon hover around 4000. With the current social distancing measures and vaccinations, it probably will not go above 4000. Things may change when fully vaccinated people let their guard down later this year.
Saigon following Attempted Quarrantine Simulation?
Sixteen months ago, the Washington Post looked at four simulations on how to "flatten the curve" and produced 4 charts. It is interesting to notice that the current chart of new cases in HCMC look similar to the Attempted quarantine chart below.
Many of us were hoping for a scenerio like the Free-for-all chart below. In reality, Saigon's hospitals would not have been able to cope with the severe cases. Though there were a lot of economic damage to the city, the current social distancing campaign may have lowered the lose of life.
Any attempt at "actual" distancing in the city would have been impossible. Saigon is made up of many densely populated alleyways, neighborhoods and apartments. Look at the map via https://bando.tphcm.gov.vn/ogis/ and you can tell. The areas with many clusters are located in densely populated areas. The areas with very low cases, are not. I live in a densely populated alleyway where all the neighbors know each other and work together. So far, no cases and many have been vaccinated already. Knock on wood.
Already 3.6 million people have gotten their first Covid 19 vaccinations. After today, it could be closer to 4 million. I have not received my vaccination appointment yet.
Saigon Skyline Photos from Co Giang Ward
Anyway, this post is longer than expected. Below are the photos of the Saigon's skyline I took today:
Stay safe. I will post when I finally get my vaccination appointment. Lets pray that the new number of cases drop by this weekend. If that happens, the city can allow restaurants and businesses to open again.