Hanoi raises COVID-19 alert to highest level (18:35 30/04/2021)

HNP - Due to the complicated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 29, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee and Head of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control Chu Xuan Dung chaired an online meeting with the city’s entities and localities on the fight against cononavirus in the area.

Giving a report at the meeting, Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said that COVID-19 is continuing to spread around the world.  The number of infections are increasing in Southeast Asian countries, especially in neighboring Cambodia and Laos.
Vietnam shares borders with Laos and Cambodia, he added, noting that the country is high risk of resurgence of coronavirus.
Regarding the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases, the health official underscored the importance to tighten the management of concentrated quarantine camps. 
According to Hanh, from  April 26 to 29, Hanoi recorded four new imported cases,  and all were quarantined on arrival. Especially, the capital city identified a man in Thanh Tri district who was exposed to the COVID-19 patient (F1). Currently, the local task forces are tracing and testing relevant cases.
Concerning the COVID-19 vaccination, Hanh stated that the health sector has inoculated 8,574 people against coronavirus, and all are now in stable health conditions. Hanoi has carried out the second phase of vaccination sine April 19, with 53,537 people vaccinated (or 102.2%). 
According to Deputy Director of the Department of Culture and Sports Tran Thi Van Anh, the authority has issued official letters to suspend non-essential cultural activities and festivals.
Also, the municipal authorities called on local residents to  avoid public gatherings and strictly follow the Health Ministry’s 5K message, especially masking up in public areas during National Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1) holidays, she stated, adding that strict fine would be imposed on individuals who  violate COVID-19 prevention rules.
Director of the Department of Tourism Tran Trung Hieu said that his agency would enhance inspection on the observation of anti-coronavirus measures during the national holidays.
The leader of the Transport Department said that the agency has mobilized teams to ensure smooth traffic on the holidays, while strictly complying with COVID-19 prevention and control protocols.
Meanwhile, Director of the Health Department Tran Thi Nhi Ha said that the health sector prepares full medical supplies and stay ready to respond to the evolution of the disease.
Concluding the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung asked departments, branches and localities to be on high alert for possible COVID-19 infections.
He underlined the necessity to strictly follow the 5K message which is (“Khau trang” (face mask) - “Khu khuan” (disinfection) - “Khoang cach” (distance) - “Khong tu tap” (no gathering) - “Khai bao y te” (health declaration) of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health. 
Masking up in schools, hospitals, airports, relic sites and public areas is a must for everyone, Dung stressed.
Hanoi suspended all activities on pedestrian streets and some festivals, he stated, asking the Department of Culture and Sports to request local authorities to call off all non-essential activities with large gatherings. 
Dung requested for strict implementation of medical declaration, and close management of concentrated quarantine camps to avoid cross infection. 
He urged the task forces to tightly manage the move to Hanoi, especially after the four-day holiday. Competent authorities are required to timely detect and seriously handle illegal entries.
The city leader asked for stronger communication to encourage residents to stay vigilant amid ongoing COVID-19 spread.

By Tran Huong

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