More drastic measures to combat coronavirus epidemic (21:04 10/02/2020)

HNP - Member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, Head of the Municipal Steering Committee on prevention and control of acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) Nguyen Duc Chung presided over a video meeting citywide on February 7 on the prevention and control of the nCoV in the city, as of 3.00 pm on the same day.

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

In attendance were Ngo Van Quy, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee, Vice Head of the Steering Committees, and heads of the city’s entities and localities. 


According to Deputy Director of the Health Department Hoang Duc Hanh, as of 3.00 on February 7, no cases of nCoV have been detected  in Hanoi. So far, the city has quarantined 48 people suspected of catching the new coronavirus, including seven from China's Wuhan and 37 from other places in China, and four Vietnamese working in Noi Bai International Airport. 41 out of them were confirmed negative with nCoV, others are waiting for test results.


Over the past time, departments, sectors and district/township People’s Committees have proactively taken measures to contain the spread of the nCoV, Hanh said, and asking for stronger actions in the time ahead. 


In addition, the health sector has coordinated with the Capital High Command and relevant agencies to make plan on preparing a field hospital as the outbreak spreads. The hospital is planed to have 600 beds, and a staff of 400 doctors and nurses. 


Furthermore, the Department of Health has investigated and isolated the houses and surrounding areas of 48 suspected cases and drew a list of 233 others who have made close contacts with them for monitoring. Currently, all of these people are in good health. 


At the meeting, Director of the Department of Education and Training Chu Xuan Dung said the department has collaborated with the Health Department, districts and schools to roll out the epidemic prevention work.


Meanwhile, heads of districts also said localities throughout the city have strictly realized guiding documents of the city and the central level in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, such as cleaning the environment with disinfectant spray in schools, relic sites, isolating suspected  cases, and training health workers, among others. 


Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the meeting.


Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy asked districts to apply isolation measures at home for people from Wuhan and other places in China.


He underlined the need for the districts to continue spraying working spaces with disinfectant, bus stations, markets, apartment buildings while praising their efforts in the fight against the epidemic.


Making conclusion at the meeting, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung acknowledged and praised the district’s participation in combating the epidemic.
He stressed the risk of transmission of respiratory illness in the area and requested the city’s entities to continue isolating people from epidemic-affected areas.
Regarding the complicated evolution of the epidemic, the head of the Steering Committee agreed with the Department of Education and Training to extend school closure for another week through February 16 in a bid to prevent the possible spread of the novel coronavirus.
Besides, Chung urged the Department of Culture and Rural Development to step up avian-flu prevention measures.

By Tran Huong



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