Giving a report at the meeting, Director of Hanoi’s Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien said that as of 2:00 pm on August 5, Hanoi recorded a total of 95,442 people returning from the central city of Da Nang. The municipal authorities have conducted rapid coronavirus test for 72,051 returnees, of whom, 12 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the first instance. However, after confirmatory PCR tests, all obtained negative test results.
Relating to the 620th patient in Ha Nam, Hien said the task force has traced seven people who on board the same bus with the patient living in Hanoi, six of them have tested negative for coronavirus.
According to him, around 800 - 1,000 people will return to the capital city from Da Nang in the coming days, and they are at high risk of infection. Thus, the municipal authorities should escort them to quarantine zones upon arriving in Hanoi, the director suggested.
According to Truong Quang Viet, Truong Quang Viet, Deputy Director in charge of managing Hanoi’s Center for District Control (CDC), Hanoi confirmed one community-acquired case, a 42-year-old male and known as Patient No.714. He is a bus manager and lives in Phuc Dien Ward, Bac Tu Liem District.
The patient had traveled to Da Nang City with his family on July 14. Since returning to the capital, he traveled to different places in the city, and went to his hometown in Nam Dinh province and in-law hometown in Thai Binh province.
From August 3 to 4, he went to several hospitals in the city for checkups, such as Hospital for Traditional Medicine under the Ministry of Public Security, Ha Dong Hospital, National Lung Hospital, and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases. On August 5, he tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the leader of Bac Tu Liem district, soon after receiving his test result from the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the local authorities have identified 18 people who have been in close contact with the patient (F1 cases) and more than 50 others in close contact with F1 cases (F2 cases). All of them are being quarantined at the Hanoi Vocational College of High Technology.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy stated that the COVID-19 situation in the city has become very complicated as patient No.714 has traveled to many places and interacted with many people within 14 days.
He asked for more efforts to trace all F1 and F2 cases and take measures to monitor them, and urging the task force to disseminate the patient’s itinerary among citizens so that they know and voluntarily make health declaration if relevant.
Concerning the 2020 national high school graduation exam, Quy requested the Department of Education and Training in collaboration with the Department of Health to prepare thoroughly for the exam and ensure safety for all students and staffs in the exam.