From January 8 - 14, Hanoi detected two new Covid-19 infection cases from abroad, which had immediately been quarantined right after entering Vietnam.
To date, Hanoi has recorded a total of 200 Covid-19 cases and no death, while the city has gone through 150 days without any cases in the public.
Vice Director of the municipal Health Department Hoang Duc Hanh noted since 2020 to date, Hanoi detected 117 cases of illegally entering the city, all of them have been isolated and sampled for Covid-19 tests which all gave negative results.
All districts and wards in Hanoi are stepping up efforts to monitor and fine those violating anti-Covid-19 measures. In Hoang Kiem district, local authorities fined 500 cases for defying face masks rule worth VND107 million; Nam Tu Liem district with fined a total of VND200 million.
Tran Dac Phu, senior advisor of Vietnam’s Public Health Events Center for dealing with emergencies, said Hanoi’s successful efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic has played a big part in the overall Covid-19 containment in Vietnam.
Phu pointed to the Covid-19 resurgence in countries such as Japan, and South Korea as a warning for Vietnam, saying the reasons are the ineffective control of the quarantine, isolation and dealing with Covid-19 cases.
Regarding Covid-19 vaccine, Phu said by early 2022 as the earliest, vaccine developed by Vietnamese pharmaceutical firms can be put into use. Therefore, the main measures at the moment continue to be the prevention, isolation and contact tracing for effectively dealing with Covid-19.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung requested all departments, units, and districts to stay alert against the Covid-19 pandemic, while calling for public awareness against this deadly virus.
Dung urged local authorities to strictly punish those who violate anti-Covid-19 measures in public places, including hospitals, public transportation, station, super markets, and shopping malls, among others.