Focusing on communication, testing and quarantine to combat COVID-19 (12:16 05/08/2020)

HNP - Member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, who is also the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, chaired an online meeting with districts, communes and wards on August 3 on COVID-19 response in the city. Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee and deputy head of the municipal Steering Committee Ngo Van Quy was also in attendance.

Comrade Nguyen Duc Chung makes conclusion at the meeting.

According to Director of Hanoi’s Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien, as of 2:00 pm on August 3, Vietnam confirmed 621 cases of COVID-19 infection across 37 provinces and cities nationwide, and six deaths related to the virus were recorded in the week.
Hanoi has recorded 82,289 people who returned to the capital city from Da Nang since July 8. The local authorities have conducted quick coronovirus tests for 70,689 returnees, and 12 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the first instance. After confirmatory PCR tests, all obtained negative test results.
According to Truong Quang Viet, Deputy Director in charge of managing Hanoi’s Center for District Control, the task force has isolated and tested 130 people who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients, known as F1 cases, and all showed negative results for the first time. As many as 576 people who have been in close contact with F1 cases have been put under quarantine at home. 
Making conclusion at the meeting, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked relevant agencies to enhance communication campaigns to raise public awareness about taking anti-coronavirus measures.
In addition to “communication, testing and isolation”, the city leader urged units to fight the pandemic in accordance the PM’s instructions that each citizen is a soldier and each family is a fortress.
Chung encouraged people returning from pandemic-hit areas to check their health conditions under the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health, make health declaration and contact medical facilities for instructions. 
Regarding rapid  test kits for people returning from Da Nang, the city mayor asked the CDC to send the kits left to districts, and requested the authorities to encourage the locals to stay calm, self-isolate and monitor their health at home.

By Tran Huong

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