HN conducts large-scale Covid-19 testing


VGP – The Ha Noi Department of Health has launched a large-scale Covid-19 testing campaign for vulnerable people to stamp out community infection as 183 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in the capital since July 5. 

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The campaign will run from July 19-25, targeting to collect swabs of people with suspected signs of cough and fevers without a travel history from disease-hit areas from July 10.

Returnees from Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, and 19 localities which are implementing the PM’s Directive 16 will be tested and they are requested to stay at home in 14 days upon the dates of arrival to Ha Noi. 

In addition, bus drivers, assistants, ticket sellers will also have their swabs taken. 

On July 18, Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh ordered halting all non-essential services amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local citizens are required to stay at home and only go out for business trip, food and medicine purchase, and other emergency events like health check-ups and treatment. The municipal authorities asked residents not to gather more than five people outside the workplaces, schools and hospitals, and fill in health declarations on the website or apps Ncovi and Bluezone.

The Ha Noi Department of Transport ordered the suspension of road passenger transport between the capital city and 37 Covid-19-stricken provinces and cities nationwide from July 18.

Twenty-two checkpoints were set up on July 14 to review Covid-19 work on all vehicles and tested people suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus.  Returnees from 14 Covid-19-stricken cities and provinces across Viet Nam must test negative for coronavirus within three days; otherwise, they are not allowed to enter the capital city.

Since the fourth wave of Covid-19 resurgence from April 27, Ha Noi detected 442 cases, including 261 locally-transmitted ones./.

By Khanh Phuong