Hanoi to begin second phase COVID-19 vaccination program (08:57 07/04/2021)

HNP - 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 with the city’s entities and localities on April 5 on the fight against coronavirus.

Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung speaks at the meeting.

Giving a report on pandemic situation at the meeting, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said that the COVID-19 situation is still complicated in the world. This  number of confirmed cases this week  is around 582,000. 
According to him, in Vietnam, from March 29 to April 5, the country reported 40 new imported COVID-19 cases. Hanoi has gone through 49 straight days with no new COVID-19 locally transmitted cases since February 16. Thirty-five community cases have been confirmed in the city since the latest COVID-19 wave hit the country on January 27.  
The health sector has worked with relevant units to conduct coronavirus tests for those who were exposed to COVID-19 cases (F1) and those in close contact with F1 (F2). Currently, 14 F1s are under quarantine in camps and 77 others are required to self-isolate at home for health monitoring. All of them were negative for SARS-CoV-2. 
The health sector continues to tighten quarantine rules and sample all foreign immigrants to prevent the spread of the virus. 
Concerning COVID-19 vaccination, Hanh said that from March 29 to April 5, his agency in collaboration with relevant units, injecte COVID-19 vaccine to 260 people. To date, as many as 7,679 people have been administered coronavirus vaccine, and all of them are now in stable health conditions. 
The heath official stated Hanoi has basically put the pandemic under control, however, the city remains at high risk of COVID-19 transmission, while urging departments, sectors and district-level People’s Committees to continue taking anti-coronavirus measures in the new normal as guided by the municipal authorities. 
At the meeting, representatives of district-level authorities affirmed that the localities have taken effective measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Particularly, they have strengthened communication on coronavirus prevention and control regulations at religious establishments, relic sites and tourist attractions, deployed medical declaration online using QR code, and tighten control of immigration to prevent illegal immigrants, among others. 
All residents are advised to follow the Health Ministry’s 5K message, Khau trang (facemask) - Khu khuan (disinfection) - Khoang cach (distance) - Khong tu tap (no gathering) - Khai bao y te (health declaration).
According to Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communication Nguyen Thi Mai Huong, the city’s media outlets have run articles on COVID-19 situation. 
Meanwhile, Director of the Health Department Tran Thi Nhi Ha said that the Ministry of Health will allocate about 50,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to Hanoi in the coming time, asked relevant units to secure fair access to vaccines and raise public awareness about benefits of COVID-19 vaccines.
Concluding the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung said the city has basically put the pandemic under control, however, risks remained high in the area as the municipal authority decided to loose restrictions.
In an effort to promote the achievements, he requested departments, sectors and localities to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention and control regulations. 
The Department of Health is required to focus on tightening surveillance at border gates, medical establishments, and public places (high-risk areas); working around the clock to timely respond to different developments of the pandemic; carrying out COVID-19 vaccination program transparently; and cooperating with local authorities to ensure safety for the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels.

By Tran Huong



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