Hanoi Mayor: Students to return to school only when safety is ensured (09:59 21/02/2020)

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 (COVID-19) Nguyen Duc Chung hosted a video meeting on February 19 to review the COVID-19 epidemic prevention work in the capital 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 Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee, Standing Vice Head of the Municipal Steering Committee Ngo Van Quy, and leaders of the city’s entities and localities. 


Giving a report at the meeting, Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said, as of 3 pm on February 19, a total of 75,202 cases of COVID-19 infection had been recorded worldwide. The death toll had reached 2,010, with 2,004 in mainland China. 
Vietnam had confirmed 16 cases, 14 people have recovered and been discharged from hospital so far. From February 13-19, no cases of acute pneumonia had been reported in the country.
To date, not a single case of COVID-19 had been detected in Hanoi. 74 people suspected of catching the new coronavirus were confirmed negative with nCoV. Currently, 374 others are isolated for monitoring in the community. 
 According to Hanh, Vietnam has put the nCov disease under control; however, the number of COVID-19 infection cases has grown in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.
The health official asked for the city’s strict implementation of isolation measures to prevent the possible spread of the novel coronavirus. 
Over the past time, 18 people were punished by the Hanoi Police for posting fake information, rumors and lies about COVID-19.
Two doctors have been sent to Son Loi Commune, Vinh Phuc’s Binh Xuyen District to learn more about this province’s  experience in combating the novel coronavirus. 
In addition, the city’s entities have positively taken five measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. 
Speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the Dong Da District People’s Committee Vo Nguyen Phong said no case had been detected in the district so far. 78 out of 81 suspected cases were confirmed negative with novel coronavirus and others are being quarantined pending test results.
The district has strictly implemented the COVID-19 prevention work in the area, such as disinfecting all schools, offices and high-risk areas, setting up epidemic prevention working groups, providing free face masks, among others. 
Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Hanoi chapter Nguyen Sy Truong underlined the need to prepare full medical equipment for the epidemic prevention, such as face masks, hand sanitizers and body thermometers. 
Besides, the city should disseminate about preventive measures among people, Truong noted.
Making conclusion at the meeting, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said there is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. 
He asked the health sector to strengthen the communication to raise public awareness about the disease while calling on the whole political system to join the fight against the coronavirus outbreak as well as prepare for the worst-case scenario. 
The health sector should work with domestic airlines to tighten surveillance on those coming from or having traveled through epidemic-hit areas, Chung urged. 
Considering further school closure, Chung also emphasized students will return to school only when safety is ensured. 

By Tran Huong

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