Hanoi strives to put COVID-19 pandemic under control (23:07 07/08/2020)

HNP - Speaking at the meeting between the Hanoi Party Committee’s Standing Board with the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control and district – and commune-level authorities on August 6, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that the capital city is doing well in regard to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Chung, who is also the head of the municipal Steering Committee, underlined the necessity to urgently trace all people who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients No. 447, 459 and 417, known as F1 cases, those who are exposed to F1 cases, also known as F2 cases, and all remaining passengers on the flight No.VN7198 from Da Nang to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on July 24. 


All returnees showing symptoms such as a cough, fever and shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing must take confirmatory PCR tests for the virus, he ordered. 
The city leader asked the health sector to perform PCR tests for symptomatic cases coming from Da Nang and Quang Nam, and put them in quarantine at hospitals. All F2 cases are required to self-isolate at home, under local authorities’ supervision.
He assigned the Department of Health to work with the Department of Finance to purchase enough medical supplies for disease prevention work.
Concerning rapid testing kits, Chung said that the city will receive 10,000 kits presented by Tam Anh Hospital on August 6 evening. The kits will be given to districts of North Tu Liem, South Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Thanh Xuan and Tay Ho so as to test for those returning from Da Nang, F1 and F2 cases.
He asked the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to identify all cases on the flight No.7198. While, communal health stations are responsible for taking pharyngeal and pharyngeal fluid samples from Da Nang returnees from July 15-29 for PCR testing. 
Underscoring the importance of communication work in the current fight against COVID-19, the city mayor urged the media outlets  to continue enhancing communication campaigns among citizens.
He referred to the statement from the Prime Minister that each citizen is a soldier and each family is a fortress.
The Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs needs to cooperate with district-level authorities to deliver the Government’s financial support to those directly hit by the pandemic in accordance with Resolution 42, he demanded. 
Chung requested the Department of Industry and Trade to ensure sufficient basic necessities for locals. The Police Department is in charge of combating cases entering Vietnam illegally, and launching campaigns to fight fake goods and goods of unknown origin.
Saying that Hanoi faces some difficulties in procurement task, the Chairman recommended the municipal Party Committee’s Standing Board to allow the Department of Health together the city to mobilize the private resources in purchasing quick test kits.
Chung suggested that the city should raise the COVID-19 alert to a higher level and take stronger measures to curb the spread of the virus in case new coronavirus cases are detected in the area.
Hanoi will continue to boost economic growth and ensure social welfare while fighting COVID-19, Chung affirmed.

By Tran Huong

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