Ha Noi leader urges close monitoring of entry via Noi Bai Airport

13/03/2020

VGP – Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung highlighted the importance of closely monitoring foreign and domestic passengers arriving at Noi Bai Airport, during a meeting of Ha Noi’s steering committee for COVID-19 response on March 11.

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Chung said that 15 out of 21 passengers in Class C cabin on Viet Nam Airlines flight VN0054 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The functional agencies have now clarified the infection sources of the CPVID-19 cases in Ha Noi, and there have been no cases of community spread detected in the capital city thus far, he stated. 

According to the WHO experts, the COVID-19 situation is getting more and more complicated globally and gradually becoming a pandemic in the world, triggering a high risk of transmission from abroad to Viet Nam. 

Given that fact, the Ha Noi leader proposed that families with members returning from epidemic-hit areas must proactively inform health facilities and carry out self-isolation at home. If necessary, the suspected cases can be isolated at medical facilities and should avoid excessive communication with their family members.

Chung recognized and highly appreciated the local citizens’ support and high self-awareness, which helped the functional agencies to clarify 191 people in close contact with the four COVID-19 patients in the city. 

He requested the continuous and extensive communication about the epidemic in the community so that all the people understand what should or should not be done in the prevention and control work. 

The official asked the municipal Department of Health and the Ha Noi Center for Disease Control to take samples of all F1 and F2 cases for testing.

The city’s senior leader assigned the Ha Noi Department of Health and the Hanoi Centre for Disease Control to take samples to test all F1 and F2 cases, with the testing costs covered by the city. 

In addition, the city will provide financial support worth VND100,000 per day for all cases who are in isolation both at concentrated camps and at home.

Moreover, the city has launched a self-awareness campaign asking residents to supervise and timely report those suspected cases who do not comply with self-isolation. 

According to information from the Vietnam Disease Surveillance System, as of 9 am on March 12, the world has recorded 125,544 cases of Covid-19 infection across 106 countries and territories, including 4,601 deaths. 

In Vietnam, 39 infections cases have been recorded so far, with four Vietnamese people confirmed to have contracted the virus on Wednesday and another Vietnamese citizen confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning.

So far, 16 among them have recovered and been discharged from hospital. There are also 113 suspected cases under surveillance and isolation, while 24,782 close contacts and those entering from epidemic areas are under health monitoring.

By Vien Nhu