According to a report of Hanoi’s Health Department, COVID-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with the high number of newly confirmed infections in a day.
In Vietnam, from April 5 to 12, the country reported 65 new imported COVID-19 cases, and all were quarantined on arrival.
Hanoi has gone through 56 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.
Regarding COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Deputy Director of the Health Department Hoang Duc Hanh said that his agency coordinated with relevant units to vaccinate 728 people from April 5-12.
To date, Hanoi has inoculated 8,047 people against coronavirus, and all are now in stable health conditions, he added, noting that the department plans to carry out the second phase of vaccination with 53,000 doses allotted.
The capital city will prioritize inoculating the medical officers and members of the local COVID-19 monitoring groups.
Concerning the disease situation in Hanoi, Hanh stated Hanoi has basically put the pandemic under control, however, the city remains at high risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the complicated development of the pandemic in Southeast Asian countries, especially in neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia.
Speaking at the meeting, Director of the Health Department Tran Thi Nhi Ha said Hanoi plans to administer about 350,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses in 2021.
She urged districts and towns to enhance inspection and supervision of immunization program so as to ensure full compliance with vaccination protocols as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.
Concluding the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung asked the city’s entities and localities to enforce COVID-19 prevention and control regulations. He asked for better control of illegal immigration to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Regarding plans for the second vaccination campaign, Dung asked the health department to orderly implement all steps, from communicating, training, to screening, vaccinating and monitoring recipients’ health post-injection, thereby minimizing possible unwanted incidents.
Dung also requested local authorities stay on high alert to timely respond to the different developments of the pandemic, while strengthening communication campaign on anti-COVID-19 measures among residents.