The Catholic Church in Hanoi in Vietnam launched relief operations for communities affected by the new surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Caritas in Hanoi, which covers the province of Hà Nam, has distributed up to 3.8 tons of rice and other food supplies in villages that were placed under strict health restrictions.
The church organization also called on the faithful to take practical steps to fight the spread of the virus while not forgetting to pray, said a report on AsiaNews.
On May 2, Catholics in Vietnam joined in the observance of the start of the Marian month by joining the worldwide Rosary Marathon initiated by Pope Francis.
A new COVID-19 outbreak emerged late last month in Vietnam and has already reached 25 of its 63 provinces, with a daily record 129 cases reported on Monday.
Reports said the province of Hà Nam is one of the provinces most affected by new coronavirus cases.
On 1 May, authorities locked down Đồng Yên village 5, in Lý Nhân district, which has a population of 1,200 people.
Vietnam said last week it aims to administer all of its 928,800 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, most of which came via the global COVAX scheme, by May 15.
“The health ministry is trying to obtain more vaccines, and we expect to receive more by the end of 2021, but it won’t be enough for community immunity,” said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.
“At least from now until the end of 2021, Vietnam will have to take anti-COVID-19 measures as if it hasn’t received any vaccines,” he said. – with additional reports from Reuters