Hanoi determined to fight COVID-19 (06:54 04/12/2020)

HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control held an online meeting with district- and commune-level authorities on December 2, regarding anti-COVID-19 measures. 

Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh speaks at the meeting.

The event was attended by member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh; and Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy. 


Speaking at the meeting, Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh referred to new community infection cases in Ho Chi Minh City. He urged the city to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures, and stay vigilant to prevent the pandemic.
Hanoi has gone 82 days without community transmission, the mayor said, asking for drastic measures to ensure safety for the city during the epidemic, in parallel with boosting economic recovery and development. 
According to a report presented by Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh, from November 24 to December 1, Vietnam recorded another 35  COVID-19 patients. On November 30, a man in Ho Chi Minh city contracted the novel coronavirus from an imported COVID-19 case, now tagged as patient 1347, ending the country's 88-day streak without a community transmission. On December 1, there were two additional cases in the community (BN1348, BN1349) related to BN1347.
Hanh warned of a high risk of COVID-19 community infection in provinces and cities nationwide as these infected people have visited many places and had contacts with a large number of people. 
The health official requested districts and towns to tighten the management of quarantine camps and paid quarantine facilities in the area, while asking the Central Steering Committee to closely cooperate with Hanoi in monitoring the compliance with self-isolation requirements. 
Meanwhile, Director of the Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien informed the city’s inspection teams would continue to  oversee the enforcement of COVID-19 prevention regulations in quarantine facilities. 
Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the meeting.
At the meeting, Ngo Van Quy, who is also the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control, said that at the meeting on December 1, the Prime Minister requested Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to take stronger measures in combating the disease. 
Thus, relevant units must immediately remove shortcomings in quarantine camps, and better control people who are under quarantine, he ordered. 
Quy urged the Department of Health to work with the HCMC Center for Disease Control to be updated on the newly confirmed patients, while monitoring the implementation of COVID-19 prevention protocol in hospitals. 
Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son highly spoke of Hanoi’s preparatory task in pandemic prevention and control work. 
Son requested the city to keep following "5K" message issued by 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 city’s health sector needs to increase its testing capacity, prepare full facilities to promptly respond to the COVID-19 situation, he underlined.
Concerning major tasks in the time to come, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh asked local authorities to increase communication activities and encourage the locals to comply with "5K" message
He said that Hanoi would take precautions to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in the city. 
In realizing the PM’s instruction, the city leader requested the whole political system to stay on high alert in the fight. The task forces were told to promptly detect and handle illegal migrants. 
He also called for local residents to be well aware  and strictly abide by COVID-19 prevention and control regulations so as to protect themselves from the pandemic.

By Tran Huong

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