Hanoi accelerates tracing and testing for COVID-19

Hanoi will expand COVID-19 testing for close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as those in quarantined and high-risk areas to prevent the spread of the pandemic, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung.

A building under medical isolation in Vinh Tuy Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. (Photo: NDO/My Ha)
A building under medical isolation in Vinh Tuy Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. (Photo: NDO/My Ha)

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During a meeting of the capital city’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on February 3, Dung suggested localities and units concerned continue tracing and testing.

Buses are required not to carry more than half of their capacity nor over 20 passengers. Localities must closely monitor the suspension of bars, karaoke parlours, game and Internet shops, seriously punish violators and raise public awareness of prevention and control effort.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen on February 3 urged the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to focus on promoting communications about COVID-19 prevention and re-activating the entire local pandemic response system, as well as stepping up tracing and testing for high-risk subjects.

The deputy minister agreed with the proposals from Gia Lai leaders in calling for support to the locality regarding equipment and experts as well as establishing a field hospital with a capacity of 200 beds.

Gia Lai leaders have decided to halt several cultural activities celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet).

Elsewhere, the northern province of Hai Duong’s authorities requested that each commune, ward and town in the “hot spots” of the province should establish a concentrated isolation zone to strengthen the prevention of COVID-19.

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A concentrated insolation camp at Hai Duong Medical Technical University’s Hospital, Hai Duong City. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Vinh)

The neighbouring province of Quang Ninh issued a directive to stop meetings that are not genuinely necessary to focus on COVID-19 response work.

In Bac Giang Province, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Anh Duong has asked local authorities to continue closely controlling sources of infection while monitoring workers returning home and handling illegal immigrants.

From 0:00 on February 4, the northernmost province of Ha Giang temporarily closed unnecessary services, while limiting the travel of local officials out of the province.

On February 3, the People's Committee of Lao Cai Province requested local authorities to set up medical quarantine posts on roads leading to the province.

The southern province of Dong Nai has sent an official dispatch to local businesses to encourage and create the best conditions for workers from outside the province who are working in the locale not to return home during the Lunar New Year, as well as supporting them to stay in Dong Nai to celebrate Tet.

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Epidemic preventive measures taken at Dong Nai General Hospital, Dong Nai Province. (Photo: NDO/Thien Vuong)

Students in Lao Cai, Quang Binh and Quang Tri are allowed to take early Tet holidays to prevent COVID-19, as they will be off from school from February 4 to 21.

On February 3, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced that it will intensify COVID-19 prevention and control measures during the upcoming Tet holiday.

Each passenger must have their temperature checked before boarding, fill out a health declaration, and wear a facemask throughout the flight. They must also abide by social distancing measures at check-in areas and will be given sanitised wipes.

Flights from Cat Bi Airport in the northern port city of Hai Phong will have seating spread out and only serve water. Flights from Cat Bi and Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport to the central city of Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport will be fully sterilised immediately after landing.