Ho Chi Minh: As China continues to battle the deadly coronavirus, many people are coming forward to extend a helping hand to those in need. Now, young people in southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City are winning hearts after they organised a blood donation camp on Sunday to address the blood shortages faced by hospitals amid the outbreak. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Two More Indians on Japanese Cruise Ship Test Positive With COVID-19

A lot of myths and misconceptions circulating around the virus have discouraged the people from participating in blood donation camps, but not them. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Phased Release of All Wuhan-return Indians at ITBP Quarantine to Begin on Monday

The event on Sunday saw the participation of nearly 1,700 donors from across the city and proper sanitation procedures were followed. Also Read - More Than Half of Coronavirus Cases in Hubei Treated With Traditional Chinese Medicine: Official

Along with normal procedures, donors got body temperature measured, hands washed with the sanitizers, and wore face masks. The antiseptic solution was also provided to donors.

The toll due to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has gone up to 1,665 in China, with the total number of registered cases standing at 68,500 according to the country’s National Health Commission.

Hubei Province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 2,420 new confirmed cases and 139 new deaths till Friday.