Hanoians encouraged to stay vigilant in COVID-19 fight (21:02 23/09/2020)

HNP - Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy, who is also the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control, chaired an online meeting with leaders of districts and towns on September 23. 

Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the meeting.

Giving a report at the meeting, Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said that Vietnam marked 20 days without recording local infection of the novel coronavirus. 
According to him, Hanoi has also gone through 36 straight days with no community COVID-19 infections. Since July 25, there have been 42 infections citywide. Of those, 11 are local infections, and the rest are imported and were put on quarantine upon arrival. No fatalities have been recorded. 
Hanh provided information about three latest COVID-19 cases that were put on quarantine upon their arrival. They are numbered from 1,064 to 1,066. 
Patient 1,064 is a 37-year old man from Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province.
Patient 1,065 is a 41-year old man from Tan Lap Commune, Krong Buk District, Gia Lai Province.
Patient 1,066 is a 38-year old man from Tay Binh Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province.
They landed at the Noi Bai International Airport on September 2 and were taken to quarantine camps. They tested negative to SARS-CoV-2 for the first time on September 3-4 and positive for the second time on September 16. Currently, all are being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District.
Especially, on September 22, a person from Hanoi tested positive for the virus  after arriving in Japan, and the person’s RT-PCR test results will be informed in the next 10 days, Truong Quang Viet, Deputy Director in charge of managing Hanoi Center for Disease Prevention and Control, reported. 
According to Ngo Minh Hoang, Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism, fifteen hotels in Hanoi have been designated to be  paid quarantine facilities for foreign experts and laborers, with a capacity of 2,392 rooms. 
Voicing his concern, Director of the Health Department Nguyen Khac Hien said many people no longer mask up when going out, and businesses with catering services have flouted coronavirus prevention measures. 
He warned If the situation isn’t under control, the consequence could be disastrous. 
As the Mid-Autumn Festival is nearing, large gatherings of young people are expected, he urged to continue taking measures for COVID-19 prevention.
Stressing the development of COVID-19 pandemic is still complicated in the world, Ngo Van Quy, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, called on local residents to remain vigilant and abide by preventive measures to contain the disease. 
Hanoi has prepared at least 30,000 beds with paid quarantine services for upcoming foreign arrivals, he said. 
Regarding specific tasks for the time ahead, the Vice Chairman requested  to continue taking effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus. 
Due attention should be paid to increasing communication activities to raise public awareness about anti-COVID-19 measures enforcement, he underscored, asking for strict punishment for violations. 
Quy demanded the task force to inspect performance of disease and fire  prevention regulations in bars, karaoke parlors and clubs. 
He also noted that units need to pay special attention to preventing other diseases so as to protect community health. 

By Tran Huong

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