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Special vehicles of Military Region 7 spraying disinfectant on Hồ Chí Minh City streets (July 2021). Photo from VNExpress.net The narrative of Hồ Chí Minh City during the COVID-19 pandemic has been crafted

Special vehicles of Military Region 7 spraying disinfectant on Hồ Chí Minh City streets (July 2021). Photo from VNExpress.net The narrative of Hồ Chí Minh City during the COVID-19 pandemic has been crafted

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Vietnam was a remarkable COVID-19 success story, logging zero cases for months on end and keeping life close to normal for much of the population. For much of the pandemic, cases and deaths per 100,000 remained among the lowest in the world (Dong, Du and Gardner 2020, 533-534). But in late April 2021, the highly transmissible Delta variant began to...

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... the citywide stay at home order was introduced on July 10, COVID-19 prevention measures became even more elaborately choreographed. During a seven-day decontamination effort, army personnel in protective uniforms sprayed over fifty hectares of near-deserted city streets with six tons of chloramine B disinfectant ( Figure 5). Official images from the event show rows of soldiers being briefed in a municipal depot ahead of their mission and a cavalcade of specialized military vehicles crossing Sài Gòn Bridge en route to disinfect high risk areas. ...

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