Hanoi hardens sanctions on violations of COVID-19 prevention regulations (22:23 20/11/2020)

HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control held an online meeting with district- and commune-level authorities on November 19, regarding anti-COVID-19 measures, under the chair of its head Ngo Van Quy.

Comrade Ngo Van Quy make conclusion at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh informed that the city recorded one case of  suspected  re-infection after recovering from COVID-19. 
According to him, the 21-year-old Vietnamese man, a resident of Nghia Tan Ward, Cau Giay District, tagged as patient 1023, returned from Russia as an overseas student on August 8 and was quarantined upon arrival. 
He tested positive for the coronavirus on August 25 and underwent treatment at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases between August 25 and September 17.
After treatment, the recovered COVID-19 patient stayed home for 14 days, wearing a face mask when he had contact with his family and girlfriend during this period.
On November 7, the young man developed a fever and went to the Hanoi Transport Hospital where he was diagnosed with a viral fever. 
On November 14, he went to the same hospital after developing a fever of 39 degrees Celsius. He had his sample taken for a real-time PCR test, and the result of which came back positive for the virus at the Vietnam National Children's Hospital in Hanoi in the next day. However, after being re-tested for SARS-CoV-2 three times, he had negative test results.
According to the investigation, the municipal authorities tracked 59 people who had close contact with the man. All of them were tested for the virus and  their tests yielded negative test results. 
Since July 25, there have been 46 infections in Hanoi. Of these, 11 are local infections, and the rest are imported. No fatalities have been recorded. Thus, the capital city has gone 94 straight days without locally acquired COVID-19 cases. 
Hanh said the inspection showed that the localities have basically followed directions on COVID-19 prevent and control of the municipal Party Committee and People’s Committee. 
Yet, many people are showing signs of careless and contravening the mask regulations, he noted, advising the locals to stay alert and comply with anti-COVID-19 measures. 
Making conclusion at the meeting, Ngo Van Quy, who is the Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, urged the municipal task forces to impose the stricter punishment on those defying COVID-19 prevention regulations. 
Stressing the swift and complicated evolution of the pandemic around the world, especially in America and European countries, Quy urged the city continue following COVID-19 prevention and control protocol. 
Concerning the COVID-19 relapse suspect in the area recently, the city official underlined the necessity to raise vigilance and anyone who has any symptoms needs to get tested and isolate until having confirmatory results.
By Thursday, Vietnam has had 1,304 COVID-19 cases and 1,142 of them have  recovered, 35 died. Of the total infections, 691 are locally transmitted, and the rest are Vietnamese returnees and incoming foreigners. The nation has gone more than two months without recording any locally transmitted case.

By Tran Huong

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