At the meeting, Chung stated that the COVID-19 situation both globally and domestically faces similar issues due to a mutation of SARS-CoV-2 gene. The rate of asymptomatic people has risen rapidly, and the general spread of the disease appears to faster and increasingly complicated.
Relating to the new COVID-19 infection case, the Chairman warned of the risks of the virus spreading in the community via places such as shops, bus stations, and industrial zones. This indicates that all those who recently travelled to Da Nang, particularly those who went to hospitals or places where the cases had been, are at a higher risk of infection.
According to the statistics, Hanoi has recorded more than 94,000 people who returned to the capital city from Da Nang since July 8.
Concerning the 620th patient in Ha Nam province, the city leader noted that one F1 case who sat on the same bus with the patient has been traced, while others who have been in close contact have not been found yet.
According to the PM’s Directive 19, Hanoi is at low risk of infection, Chung said, stressing that in an effort to cope with the developing situation, a higher warning level should be given to Hanoi as the city has recorded one community-acquired case, with a 14-day wandering in the community, therefore posing a very high risk of the virus spreading.
Regarding the positive SARS-CoV-2 case in North Tu Liem District, Chung asked the local authorities to inform the locals of the patient’s journey, and conduct Real-time RT-PCR tests for people who have been in close contact with coronavirus patients, known as F1 cases.
All those who have direct contact with F1 cases, also known as F2 cases, are required to be quarantined at home, he demanded.
All returnees from Da Nang since July 15 who have taken quick tests, should now be tested again via the PCR method which gives more accurate results.
Chung ordered that all offices, agencies and enterprises in the city must make hand sanitizer available to the public, while requesting to close karaoke parlors and bars, and stop all crowded festivals and gatherings.
Chung called on all residents to strictly follow every regulation regarding COVID-19 prevention and control measures set out by the Ministry of Health in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“The disease situation will get more complicated day by day in a more dangerous level as Hanoi is one of the populous areas with a higher proportion of elderly people than Da Nang and a higher traffic density. With the faster spread of the virus, all residents must stay vigilant and redouble efforts to contain the outbreak in the capital”, he underlined.