Hanoi enhances COVID-19 prevention and control efforts (20:04 07/05/2021)

HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control held an online meeting with the city’s departments, branches and districts on May 6 on measures against the pandemic. 

At the meeting.

The event was chaired by Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee and Head of the municipal Steering Committee Chu Xuan Dung. 


According to a report of the authority of Me Linh District, the locality has focused on carrying out urgent measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
Me Linh faces a high risk of coronavirus transmissions as neighboring districts of Dong Anh and Soc Son have confirmed new COVID-19 community cases. 
So far, the district has had 10 suspected cases and all have been quarantined immediately and sampled for COVID-19 testing. Of these, five are negative and others’ results are pending. 
Me Linh has worked with other localities to enhance COVID-19 prevention and control efforts, while increasing communication activities on preventive measures among local residents. 
The representative of Hoang Mai district said that those who were exposed to the COVID-19 cases living in Vien Dong Star apartment building and Times City have been sent to concentrated quarantine camps and tested for SARS-CoV-2 and all gave negative results. 
Besides, the local authorities have strictly handled 105 individuals who violate COVID-19 prevention rules, with the total fine of over VND280 million.
Especially, detail plans have been made to ensure utmost safety for the upcoming election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People's Councils at all levels for the tenure of 2021-2026 in the area. 
According to the leader of Hai Ba Trung District, the locality has promoted efficiency of COVID-19 inspection teams in the community, while imposing tough fines  on those who defy rules on mask wearing. 
Regarding a cluster of COVID-19 infections at the second facility of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the representative of Hoan Kiem District said that the locality locates two people who had visited to the hospital from April 14 to May 5  with  cough and fever. Both were sampled and now are waiting for results. 
The city’s departments and branches have strictly followed guiding documents of the municipal authorities. The Department of Tourism decided to stop all tourism activities in the second quarter. The municipal police has tightened the control on illegal immigration and handled those who illegally entered Vietnam.
Concluding the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung stressed the complicated and unpredictable evolution of COVID-19 pandemic. 
Hanoi is currently at very high risk of coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 community cases are those who have been infected with different mutants which spread rapidly, such as the UK variant, the South Africa variant and the India variant, he underlined. 
He said the city has taken various measures in a bid to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2, asking districts and towns to seriously implement the directions of the central level and the municipal authorities, especially the city’s latest dispatches and directives.
The Vice Chairman advised local residents stay at home and only go out in urgent situations. 
All citizens are required to follow the message of the Health Ministry featuring 5K (in Vietnamese) Khau trang (facemask) - Khu khuan (disinfection) - Khoang cach (distance) - Khong tu tap (no gathering) - Khai bao y te (health declaration). 
He called on the entire political system and people to join hands in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
He underlined the necessity for the city to strengthen communication campaigns on COVID-19 prevention measures among locals, urging competent authorities to strictly fine violation cases. 
The health sector needs to speed up testing for those who had visited to the second facility of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases from April 14 to May 5. 
Dung asked relevant units and localities to abide by quarantine rules to avoid cross contamination in concentrated isolation camps, and ensure the enforcement of 21-day quarantine period. 
Local authorities are tasked to closely management local residents to timely detect illegal entries, and guide the locals to make medical declaration.
High risks areas, such as hospitals, industrial parks and export processing zones must closely control employees to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, the official ordered. 
Meanwhile, the Noi Bai international airport is required to strictly comply with COVID-19 prevention and control protocols to keep it safe. 
Dung also requested the health sector and local authorities to proactively map out plans to respond to the different development of the pandemic in line with the “four-on-spot” motto.
As of Thursday evening, Vietnam’s caseload is 3,090, including 1,690 domestically-transmitted cases, according to the Ministry of Health. There have been 120 cases since the latest outbreak hit the country on April 27. 

By Tran Huong

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