Hanoi quarantines all returnees from COVID-19-hit areas at concentrated camps (22:09 22/07/2021)

HNP - Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh signed Dispatch 16/CD-UBND on July 21, regarding urgent measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in the city. 

Accordingly, Hanoi has taken strong measures to fight the pandemic and has initially put some new coronavirus community infection clusters under control. 
The city has planed to ensure the sufficient supply of basic necessities for local residents amid the complex situation of the pandemic. 
However, in recent days, some people have still failed to abide by COVID-19 prevention and control regulations. Massive gatherings have been seen in some places, while, every day, thousands of people from other localities return to the city, implying the risk of infection in the community.
Several new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in a drug store, as well as through screening on those with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
In an effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh asked the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s municipal chapter, social and political organizations, heads of departments and branches, and chairpersons of district-level authorities to tighten discipline in pandemic prevention and control.
According to Anh, from 0am on July 22, Hanoi started quarantining all people returning from pandemic-hit areas in dedicated facilities. 
He requested district-level authorities and specialized forces to outline plans to work around the clock in response the different developments of the pandemic. 
They are required to work with all-level VFF’s chapters  and social and political organizations to strengthen surveillance in the community, and closely manage and supervise those returning from other provinces and cities so as to minimize the risk of transmission from the COVID-19 hotspots.
The mayor urged the Center for Disease Control, medical examination and treatment facilities, and health centers of districts and towns in the city to quickly take samples for testing for all cases with symptoms such as cough, fever and breathing shortness.
The Department of Health is in charge of reviewing a plan to ensure sufficient quarantine sites for 30,000 and 50,000 people, preferably to be located in outlying districts.
Anh asked the VFF’s Hanoi committee and mass organizations to cooperate with functional forces at grassroots to enhance COVID-19 efforts in the city. 
All citizens are required to seriously abide by anti-pandemic measures as guided by the Central level and the municipal authorities, stay at home and only go out if absolutely necessary. 
If there are symptoms like signs of fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing or loss of taste, among others, they must immediately notify the nearest local authority or medical facility for guidance. 
Hanoi is facing high risk of COVID-19 spreading, Anh underlined, calling on all citizens to raise the sense of responsibility and join hands with the municipal government to soon stamp out the pandemic.

By Tran Huong

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