According to a report by Deputy Director of Hanoi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh, from December 31, 2020 to January 7, 2021, Hanoi reported eight imported COVID-19 cases. All were immediately quarantined upon arrival.
At the same time, the city confirmed one reinfected coronavirus patient who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 after being discharged from hospitals. The patients have been treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District.
So far, there have been 198 infections in the capital city. No fatalities have been reported. Hanoi has gone through 143 consecutive days without new COVID-19 infections in the community.
Relating to COVID-19-positive case, tagged patient 1498, who reached home in Quang Ninh Province’s Ha Long Town before his second test result was confirmed, the health official informed that his authority requested the city’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) in collaboration with relevant units to timely investigate and sample those who have been in close contact with the patient.
Additionally, three inspection teams have been established to oversee the compliance with COVID-19 prevention protocols in concentrated isolation facilities, he added.
According to him, as of January 5, the task forces provided tests to cases involving the patient, and all showed negative results.
The Department has imposed a 10-day suspension for Ta Van Thieng, deputy head of the medical center of Chuong My District as he failed to follow centralized quarantine procedures.
Concerning five Chinese people entering Vietnam illegally detected on January 7 in Hoang Mai district, the local leader said their sample were taken for COVID-19 test. All have been isolated in the city's Public Security Hospital.
Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Khac Hien, Director of the Department of Health, pointed out some shortcomings and weaknesses in quarantine camps.
Concluding the meeting, Chu Xuan Dung, who is also the vice chairperson of the municipal People’s Committee, warned of high risks of COVID-19 spread in the city as the spread of COVID-19 epidemic in the world is still complicated.
Concerning Patient 1489, he asked related units to close the loopholes in regulations covering quarantine facilities with a view to preventing community transmissions of COVID-19 at all costs.
In an effort to well implement the pandemic prevention work, Dung urged local authorities to continue following guiding documents of the Central level and the municipal authorities, while trying their best to ensure safety for local residents during the upcoming Lunar New Year 2021, making great contribution to successfully organizing the city’s events, especially the 13th National Party Congress.
He requested the city’s task forces to strictly handle cases of violating measures of pandemic prevention and control in public areas.
Regarding centralized isolation work, the Vice Chairman required relevant agencies to tighten the management of establishments. All citizens returning from abroad must be quarantined for two weeks and could only leave the facilities if they test negative with COVID-19 twice, he noted.
Dung assigned Hanoi Police to keep tightening management to prevent and strictly handle illegal entries, including five illegal migrants in Hoang Mai district.