In addition to closely following the directions of the Central level and the Prime Minister, the local government is on high alert and keep calm in handling the coronavirus outbreaks in accordance with the “four-on-spot” motto, he added.
According to the mayor, Hanoi has confirmed 34 COVID-19 community cases since April 29, especially two clusters of infections in the second facility of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Tan Trieu branch of the K Hospital.
The local task forces have promptly traced all those exposed to COVID-19 infections (called F1) and sent them to concentrated quarantine camps, while tightening the management of people coming into close contact with F1s (F2).
The municipal authorities have issued guiding documents on measures against the novel coronavirus. At the same time, ten inspection teams have been established to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and check enforcement of regulations on COVID-19 prevention in units and localities citywide.
So far, Hanoi has imposed blockades on 15 affected areas in 10 districts and towns.
After the three-day holidays, more than 98,000 people returned Hanoi, including 19,500 from Danang, Chairman Anh said, adding that the city has had detail scenarios to respond to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the city has strengthened communication on preventive measures on mass media, and imposed tough fines on those who violate COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.
Concerning the two ongoing coronavirus hotspots, Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh stated the city has identified more than 2,600 relevant people in the National Hospial for Tropical Diseases No. 2. Meanwhile, over 5,000 others, including medical workers, patients and their caregivers in Tan Trieu branch of the K Hospital have been traced.
Currently, Hanoi is working to detect all suspected cases to prevent the spread of the virus in the community, he emphasized.
In order to quickly stamp out the outbreaks in the two hospitals, the city leader proposed the National Steering Committee and the Ministry of Health to roll out five major tasks for the time being.
Particularly, the Ministry of Health should review all central-level hospitals in Hanoi, and proactively conduct COVID-19 test to early detect suspected cases.
The hospitals, especially the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No. 2 and the K Hospital, need to provide the lists of COVID-19 cases, and those who were admitted to the hospital during the period to local authorities for timely contact tracing, isolation and testing.
The two hospitals must have plans to receive severe patients and keep them safe from the coronavirus.