Hanoi authorities to loosen COVID-19 restrictions (07:51 24/02/2021)


HNP - Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee and Head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control Chu Xuan Dung chaired an online meeting with the city’s departments, sectors and districts on February 22 on COVID-19 fight in the area.


Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung makes conclusion at the meeting.


Hanoi needs 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for all residents
 
According to a report of the health sector, from February 19 to 22, Hanoi reported no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases. Since January 27, a total of 35 cases of coronavirus community transmission have been confirmed in the capital. As many as 1,140 people who were exposed to infected cases (F1) have been isolated and tested for the virus, of these, 30 obtained positive results.
 
The local authorities have so far traced and conducted tests for 51,595 returnees from Hai Duong, including 2,436 peoples coming from Cam  Giang district.
 
In addition, 17,528 people in 18 pandemic-hit areas in Hanoi have been tested and the results of them came back negative.
 
According to Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh, the municipal People’s Committee would an official letter to the Ministry of Health asking for support in purchasing COVID-19 vaccines.
 
The capital city would need 15 million doses of vaccine to give two shots for adults aged 18 and over, reaching 95% of its population, he stated.
 
The health official said that the pandemic in Hanoi has been basically put under control; however, the potential risk of COVID-19 infections is still high. 
 
Especially, Hanoi would monitor the pandemic situation this week, and on the basis of test results and the disease’s evolution, COVID-19 restrictions may be loosened in the next week, Hanh said, stressing students can return to school, and festivals can take place.
 
He also urged Departments of Education and Training, Culture and Sports, Industry and Trade to be ready to take prompt decision in the new situation.
 
Lockdown on 14 Hanoi's Covid-19-hit areas lifted
 
Relating to the Japanese COVID-19 carrier, the leader of Tay Ho District said that 458 cases have been under quarantine at Somerset West Point Hotel.
 
The representative of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said that the department has inspected the COVID-19 prevention work in some vocational training schools and education faculties. The schools are requested to stand ready for students to return.
 
Meanwhile, Nguyen Khac Hien, Director of the Department of Health, informed that Hanoi has exerted every effort to control the disease. 
 
To date, lockdown and social distancing measures have been lifted in 14 out of 18 virus-affected- areas in the city, he added.
 
Concluding the meeting, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung stressed that although Hanoi has gone through seven straight days with no new COVID-19 cases, the risk of infection in the community remains high.
 
He requested local authorities and task forces to continue strictly enforce COVID-19 prevention measures, conducting coronavirus testing at hospitals, health facilities, clinics, and concentrated quarantine areas, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

By Tran Huong


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