Giving a report at the meeting, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said that the development of the COVID-19 pandemic is still complicated around the world, especially in the United States and European countries, with more than 500,000 new cases and 8,200 deaths reported in 24 hours.
According to a report by the Ministry of Health, Vietnam has so far confirmed 1,316 COVID-19 infection cases, 1,153 recoveries, and 35 deaths.
The country has gone 82 days without community transmission, but the risk of infection always remains high due to possible exposure to the virus brought in by imported cases.
This week, Hanoi recorded four new imported COVID-19 cases and all of them were put on quarantine upon arrival.
From August 25 to date, there have been 50 infections in the capital city. Of these, 11 are local infections, and the rest are imported. No fatalities have been recorded. Thus, Hanoi has gone 99 straight days without locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
Hanh informed that his agency is working with the Department of Tourism to set up more hotels as paid quarantine facilities for foreigners entering the country. Currently, Hanoi has had 17 hotels selected to be repurposed into paid quarantine centers.
According to the health official, the inspection showed that local residents in 13 localities are showing signs of careless and contravening the mask regulations in public areas, like markets, apartment buildings, and bus stations, among others.
Hanh has warned that there remains at high risk of COVID-19 infections from abroad as the number of cases in many countries keeps rising.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Khac Hien, Director of the Department of Health, stated the inspection showed that all four-star and five-star hotels have strictly followed COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
However, there remain shortcomings in three-star facilities, he noted, adding the inspection teams asked them to improve their anti-pandemic protocols.
Noting that the infection risk was high at hotels and non-military sites repurposed into quarantine facilities, Hien urged local authorities to take responsibility in supervising those facilities.
Making conclusion at the meeting, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy raised specialized missions for their effort in the COVID-19 fight, especially in inspecting enforcement of COVID-19 prevention measures in localities citywide.
Warning the high risk of COVID-19 infections in the city, Quy asked the local authorities to increase communication activities and encourage the locals keep following "5K" message of the Ministry of Health, including "Khau trang" (face mask) - "Khu khuan" (disinfection) - "Khoang cach" (distance) - "Khong tu tap" (no gatherings) - "Khai bao y te" (health declaration).
The Department of Public Security was told to continue imposing tighter controls on illegal immigrants.
The city official also requested the task forces to take strong measures and inspect the compliance of the mask regulations at crowded events and in public areas, such as shopping malls, and supermarkets.