Hanoi considers easing COVID-19 restrictions after Sept 15 (22:04 15/09/2021)

HNP - Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee and Vice Head of the municipal Command for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Chu Xuan Dung chaired an online meeting with departments, sectors and districts on September 14, regarding COVID-19 prevention and control in the city.

At the meeting, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Dinh Hung said that there are seven coronavirus outbreaks in Hanoi. As of September 14, 79 virus-hit areas have been under lockdown. 
Currently, around 4,700 people are being isolated in concentrated quarantine facilities. A total of 1,028 patients with COVID-19 are under treatment in hospitals.
Concerning mass testing, Hung stated that more than 3,262,000 samples have been collected so far, of them, 19 were positive for novel coronavirus.
To date, Hanoi has received 5,359,000 COVID-19 vaccinate doses. 56.3% of its adult population has been vaccinated, he emphasized.
According to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, there are 17 “Zero-dong supermarkets” and 72 mobile grocery stores meeting demand for essential goods.
After the city released the color designation of zones according to level of risk to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the department has planned to ensure the sufficient  supply of goods for the people.
Concluding the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung said that Hanoi is doing its utmost to complete mass screening and vaccination campaign so as to soon put the pandemic under control.
He urged districts and towns to speed up vaccination and ensure that the move takes place in a safe and effective manners.
Dung asked for special attention from local authorities to maintain social welfare and ensure smooth circulation of goods.
The localities should strengthen communication on vaccination against COVID-19 with the motto “the best vaccine is the one that is available”.
Dung told that after September 15, Hanoi would ease certain restrictions in parts of the city depending on the evolution of the disease.
The localities, classified  into zone 2 and zone 3, need to boost business and production under the PM’s Directive 15, the deputy mayor suggested, urging others which are designed as red zone or zone 1 to expand mass testing and vaccination to reduce high-risk areas. 
Dung also requested the municipal police to cooperate with relevant agencies under the Ministry of Public Security and the Department of Information and Communication to integrate shared-use  software in the fight against COVID-19 to ensuring convenience in use.
Since the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in late April, Hanoi has recorded 3,842 coronavirus infected cases, including 1,596 community-acquired infections.

By Tran Huong

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