Vietnam works to ensure safety in anticipation of resumption of int'l flights

Thursday, 2020-09-10 10:47:19
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NDO/VNA – The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on September 9 discussed how to ensure safety as the country is about to resume certain international flights from September 15.

>>> No new COVID-19 cases recorded on September 10 morning

Some proposed conducting tests at airports and expand the testing capacity at hospitals and crowded events.

Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long lauded the efforts by medical bio-product manufacturers in recent times, saying the locally-made test products have contributed to the initial successes Vietnam has gained in the pandemic combat.

The ministry will facilitate the research and production of test products to better serve the fight against the pandemic in the new situation, he pledged.

* The Centre for Disease Control of Hai Duong Province announced that it has taken a total of 1,784 serum samples from local people at high risk of COVID-19 infection since September 4 in order to carry out ELISA tests to determine the immune status after SARS-CoV-2 infection. All of these samples were transferred to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology for testing and analysis.

* On September 9, Hue Regional Centre for Haematology and Blood Transfusion (under the Hue Central Hospital) collected 150 units of blood from voluntary blood donors to support treatment amid the prevalence of COVID-19. 297 units of blood have been collected in previous satellite blood donations. The centre has helped to guarantee a source of blood to serve the emergency treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Hue, as well as providing nearly 500 units of blood and blood products to hospitals in the neighbouring city of Da Nang.

* From 0:00 on September 10, Quang Tri Province will allow all no-essential services and entertainment facilities to resume their operations, following a decision to ease restrict social distancing in the locality. Local people returning from Da Nang and epidemic-hit areas will not be forced to undergo concentrated quarantine but should perform home isolation and provide samples for PCR tests. Since August 14, 28 days have passed without any new COVID-19 infections recorded in Quang Tri.

* Hanoi authorities have decided on the reduction of running water bills for some subjects affected by COVID-19 epidemic in the capital city. Specifically, 11 water supply units in Hanoi will reduce 100% of the water bills for April, May and June this year for quarantine camps and medical facilities hosting COVID-19 infected and suspected cases in the city. The support will be extended to the next corresponding billing periods.