Strengthening COVID-19 prevention and control in new situation (20:26 29/10/2020)

HNP - Hanoi People’s Committee issued Official Letter No. 5151/UBND-KGVX on October 28 on enhancing COVID-19 prevention and control work in new situation.

According to the document, Hanoi has basically put the COVID-19 pandemic under control. No new COVID-19 cases in the community have been reported in the city since August 17.
However, experts warned that there could be a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic due to the resumption of commercial flights and illegal immigration into the country.
Besides, the cold and dry weather conditions in upcoming winter would favor the infection of the disease, along with apathy towards COVID-19 fight.
In an effort to effectively realize the dual task, the municipal People’s Committee asked all levels and sectors to stay highly alert and follow stringent measures recommended by the Ministry of Health to prevent the reemergence of COVID-19.
All local residents are required to mask up in public areas, such as parks, walking space, squares, bus stations, supermarkets, markets, shopping malls, stadiums, among others. 
The municipal authorities underlined the necessity to tighten the management of centralized quarantine sites and people entering Vietnam. 
In particular, the Department of Health in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and specialized agencies will inspect the enforcement of safety rules in quarantine camps. 
District/township People’s Committees are in charge of directing and checking the compliance with COVID-19 prevention regulations in quarantine facilities so as to stop the spread of the coronavirus, while monitoring those entering Vietnam with duration of less than 14 days as regulated. 
Police forces will be responsible for tightening border control and strictly handling illegal immigrants or those   organizing illegal immigration, while coordinating with relevant units to ensure security in quarantine camps.
The municipal People’s Committee assigned the Department of Health to regularly inspect pandemic prevention and control work in medical facilities. 
The health sector is tasked to prepare all medical supplies and human resources needed for pandemic prevention work, continue to implement a remote medical examination and treatment project of the Ministry of Health, and take action to prevent other diseases, especially dengue fever.
Under the document, the Capital High Command will work with the Department of Health and district-level authorities to ensure safety in centralized quarantine sites. 
The Department of Information and Communication will guide the city’s medial outlets to increase communication activities to raise public awareness about the COVID-19 combat. 
The Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs will continue to effectively carry out the support package for COVID-19 crisis victims, provide the support for local businesses as regulated, and monitor pandemic prevention work in vocational training facilities, detoxification establishments, and social protection establishments.
The Department of Transportation will enhance inspection of the prevention work at bus stations and on public transport.
The Department of Education and Training will instruct educational facilities to strictly implement COVID-19 prevention regulations as guided by the Ministry of Health. 
The municipal People’s Committee also requested the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Hanoi chapter and social - political organizations to encourage members to remain vigilant and abide by anti-COVID-19 measures. 
District- and commune-level People’s Committees were told to take full responsibility for COVID-19 prevention and control work in localities. 

By Tran Huong

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