Da Nang continues social distancing measures

Tuesday, 2020-08-11 17:39:20
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Da Nang continues with social distancing measures in line with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Directive No 16.
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NDO/VNA - The central city of Da Nang, now Vietnam’s major COVID-19 hotspot, will continue with social distancing measures in line with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Directive No 16/CT-TTg dated March 31.

Under a document issued by the Da Nang City People’s Committee on August 11, all agencies, organisations, and residents will have to observe COVID-19 prevention and control measures from midnight on August 12 until further notice. Such measures were imposed upon the Hoa Vang district at 1pm on August 11.

People are advised to stay home except for buying necessities like food and medicine, taking care of emergencies, or working at factories and production facilities deemed to be providing essential goods and services.

The local Health Department will continue to instruct the city’s Centre for Disease Control to coordinate with relevant agencies and localities in tracing COVID-19 cases.

The document also highlighted testing, especially group testing, quarantine, and treatment to minimise fatalities from the pandemic.

COVID-19 prevention and control will be stepped up at markets and supermarkets, the document read, noting that apart from social distancing measures, plans on stockpiling goods are only needed in a case where the pandemic lasts for a long period.

Any violations of regulations must be strictly punished.

Vietnam had confirmed 847 COVID-19 cases as of the morning of August 11, of which 389 are linked to the outbreak in Da Nang that started around July 25.

As many as 399 patients, or 47.1 percent of cases, have recovered, but the country has also recorded 15 fatalities.

There are 165,983 people now under quarantine all of whom had close contact with confirmed cases or came from pandemic-hit areas.

* Patient 409 in Phu Quoc island district off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang was declared to have recovered from COVID-19 on August 11.

The patient is a Filipino citizen who arrived in Phu Quoc from the Republic of Korea on July 19. She was quarantined upon arrival and moved to the district medical centre after testing positive for the virus.

She is now in good health and has tested negative for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 four times.

She is the only COVID-19 case recorded in Kien Giang to date.