Hanoi people urged to wear masks in public for COVID-19 prevention and control (21:44 27/10/2020)

HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control released Announcement No. 28/TB-BCD on October 23, stating the conclusion of its head Ngo Van Quy at the meeting with districts, wards and communes regarding COVID-19 response in the area. 

Quy, who is also the Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, asked People’s Committees at district and communal levels to continue strengthening the communication campaign on anti-COVID19 measures among local residents. 


He advised the locals to mask up outdoor to contain the new coronavirus, while asking for stricter punishments on flouters of COVID-19 pandemic prevention rules. 
The city official underscored the importance to inspect the enforcement of COVID-19 prevention and control protocol in medical facilities, schools and manufacturing establishments. 
District- and commune-level authorities were told to timely detect and quickly respond to suspected cases and people infected with SARS-CoV-2, and conduct comprehensive inspection of COVID-19 prevention and control work in the localities.
All local residents must wear face masks in pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake, Quy required, urging the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem District to impose a strict fine on people defying the  masking rule.
He urged the Department of Health to prepare full medical equipment and supplies for disease prevention and control in the city, regularly check the work, while handling violation cases. 
The Department of Education and Training should pay special attention to pandemic prevention work in educational facilities and ensuring safety for all students. 
Vice Chairman Ngo Van Quy assigned the Department of Transportation to continue complying with anti-pandemic measures on buses. 
Meanwhile, the Department of Culture and Sport is in charge of coordinating with the Department of Health and district/township People’s Committees to ensure safety for cultural and sport events in the area, especially in walking space around Hoan Kiem Lake. 
Under the announcement, the Department of Industry and Trade in collaboration with district-level People’s Committees should enhance inspection of COVID-19 prevention and control in markets, super markets and shopping malls. 
The Department of Information and Communication will work with local authorities to increase communication activities to raise public awareness about the COVID-19 fight. 
According to a report presented by Vice Director of Hanoi’s Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh at the meeting on October 21, Vietnam has put the COVID-19 pandemic under control, as there has been no new COVID-19 case over the past 49 days. 
In Hanoi, 64 days have passed without any local COVID-19 infection. 

By Tran Huong

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