Hanoi plans to finish zoning to stamp out COVID-19 by mid-August

Monday, 2020-08-10 09:41:30
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NDO – Hanoi strives to finish localising outbreaks in the capital city by August 15-20 to facilitate COVID-19 containment, according to Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.

>>> Vietnam records no new COVID-19 case on August 10 morning

>>> Hanoi conducts mass PCR tests for returnees from Da Nang

The city’s senior leader made the statement while chairing an online meeting of the Hanoi Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on August 9, during which he urged the local medical sector to accelerate the PCR testing for residents returning from Da Nang – the current hotbed for COVID-19 in Vietnam.

Statistics from the Hanoi Centre for Diseases Control showed that the city has so far recorded over 98,000 returnees from Da Nang since early July, of which 74,167 people have returned since July 15.

Chung said that Patient 812 was a secondary infection from Patient 447 and the former had to undergo three PCR tests to be confirmed positive for the coronavirus. That showed the complexity of the current new outbreak, requiring the city to implement synchronous solutions and race against time to complete testing for the people who have returned from Da Nang, he stressed.

Urging the city’s police to continue to strictly manage the entry and exit subjects, Chung also asked the local functional forces to strictly sanction those who not wearing face masks in public places.

He also asked the Hanoi Department of Health to urge local hospitals to strictly follow the epidemic prevention process, while paying attention to patients with severe co-morbidities.

Chung required for absolute safety for candidates participating in the 2020 national high school graduation exams, which started on August 9.

On the same day, the Hanoi chairman and his entourage inspected a venue for the two-day exams at Phan Dinh Phung High School in Ba Dinh District, where three candidates from the epidemic-hit areas sat for a private exam room.

Chung emphasised that this is a very special exam that takes place during the COVID-19 epidemic, urging venues across the capital city to implement synchronous anti-epidemic measures.

* On August 9, in the central coastal city of Da Nang, the Da Nang Department of Tourism coordinated with the city’s Centre for Disease Control to take samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing for 764 tourists, including 54 foreigners. It was a compulsory procedure before the tourists, who have been stranded in the city since it was put under lockdown, leave Da Nang.

* On the same day, the Da Nang People's Committee continued to issue another document urging the local medical sector to track down all exposed cases to COVID-19 in the city, while accelerating testing and making early and accurate reports on the results of the mass testing which is currently carrying out on local residents.

* From 0:00 on August 10, Khanh Hoa Province has halted all local festive activities, as well as rituals of religion and beliefs, weddings and other crowded events in public places. The province decided to suspend non-essential service establishments. Other businesses are still operating normally but must ensure safety against the epidemic. Local people have been recommended to not go out if not absolutely necessary.

From July 25, the province has recorded four cases positive for COVID-19, of which three are Vietnamese citizens who returned from abroad and were quarantined upon entry, and the remaining case was a close contact of Patient 751.

* On August 9, the chairman of the People's Committee of Krong Bong District in Dak Lak Province announced that the district authorities have set up three quarantine posts to isolate and limit people entering or leaving Village 7 in Hoa Son Commune, as the village has many people who have returned from the epidemic-hit areas.

In Dak Lak, there have been three COVID-19 cases and thousands of people who had close contact to COVID-19 patients or returned from the epidemic areas.