Hanoi stays calm to deal with any possible outbreak (20:45 10/08/2020)

HNP - Member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, who is the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, chaired an online meeting with district- and commune-level authorities on August 9 on COVID-19 response in the city.

Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung speaks at the meeting.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee and deputy head of the municipal Steering Committee Ngo Van Quy, together with leaders of the city’s entities were also in attendance. 


At the meeting, Chairman Chung said that the COVID-19 progression both domestically and globally is getting complicated and unpredictable. 
Hanoi is at the high risk of coronavirus transmission in the community as virus carriers who have returned to the capital city from the central city of Da Nang, the country’s coronavirus epicenter, had complicated travel history and had interacted with many others, he warned.
This week, from August 10 to 16, the COVID-19 outbreak may peak in Hanoi, Chung emphasized, asking the task force to make more efforts to trace all those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients (F1) to prevent the spread of the virus to the community. 
Testing is the key to detect cases of coronavirus infection as many asymptomatic cases tested positive for COVID-19, the Chairman underlined. 
According to Nguyen Khac Hien, Director of the Department of Health, since July 25, Vietnam has so far confirmed 393 COVID-19 cases, including 41 imported cases, in 13 localities. All cases of community transmission are related to the Da Nang outbreak. The country has also recorded 10 deaths due to the pandemic.
In the second wave, Hanoi has recorded 29 new infections, including 22 imported cases.
The newest case, identified as patient No.812, is a 63 year-old man living in Phu Dien ward, South Tu Liem district. He was exposed to patient No. 447 on July 27.
He had such symptoms as fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite on August 3 and tested positive for COVID-19 on August 8.
To date, the municipal authorities have conducted PCR tests for 366 F1 cases, of whom, 304 showed negative results, and one was positive, identified as patient No.447. 
As many as 1,993 people who are exposed to F1 cases have been in isolation at home. As of August 8, Hanoi recorded a total of 98,1160 people returning from the central city of Da Nang, of them, 1,489 have been put under quarantine in concentrated isolation areas. 
Regarding major missions in the coming time, Hanoi will work with relevant units under the Ministry of Health to receive samples taken on August 8, and focus on collecting samples of people returning to the city from Da Nang between July 15 and 29.
The municipal authorities will trace all people in close contact with the new patients, update the number of Dang Nang returnees and place them on home quarantine for at least 14 days.
According to the leader of North Tu Liem District People’s Committee, after patient No.812 was reported, the local authorities had identified all F1 cases and quarantined them in concentrated isolation sites. Disinfection had been conducted in the area where the patient lives.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy asked district-level authorities to do well in regard to tracing work, and tighten the management of f1 and f2 cases. 
The Vice Chairman urged Hanoi Central for Disease Control to ensure full supply of medical equipment for localities to conduct coronavirus tests for all those returning from Da Nang from July 15. 
Quy underscored the importance to isolate and perform test for the returnees from pandemic-hit areas so as to curb the spread of the virus in the community.
Concluding the meeting, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung praised localities for their effort in strictly following COVID-19 prevention and control regulations under the instruction of the Party Central Committee and the municipal authorities. 
Concerning detailed tasks for the coming time, Chung requested relevant parties to identify all F1 and F2 cases. All F1 cases must be quarantined in concentrated centers and sampled for coronavirus testing twice during 14-day period. Meanwhile, F2 must be isolated at home and tested, he ordered.
The mayor asked police officers to better manage migration issues, while cooperating with functional forces to fine people for not wearing masks in public. 
All citizens with smartphones should install Bluezone app and wear face masks in public areas, he suggested. 
Ensuring safety for all students and staffs in the high school graduation exam is one of the mayor’s concerns.
Chung urged relevant units to try their best to finish the RT-PCR testing for all Da Nang returnees in the next week, aiming to put the pandemic under control from August 15 - 20. 

By Tran Huong

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