HN traces over 6,600 returnees from HCMC


VGP – The Ha Noi Department of Health reported that 6,637 returnees from Ho Chi Minh City were tracked down since June 23 and Coronavirus tests on 6,548 of them found 13 positive and 5,447 negative.

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On July 12, Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Health Vu Cao Cuong reported the city has recorded two clusters at Dong An and My Duc districts and other cases related to other localities. 

Since April 29 when the fourth wave of Covid-19 resurgence began, Ha Noi reported 179 locally-transmitted cases in 23 districts, 140 positive cases in quarantine camps, 207 others in hospitals (including 92 cases in the National Hospital on Tropical Diseases, 106 cases in the National Cancer Hospital, and nine cases being medical workers), 25 imported cases. 

Over the past week, lockdown was imposed on 19 areas in Dong Anh district (nine), Hoang Mai (three), My Duc (two), Ha Ba Trung district (one), Nam Tu Liem district (one), Quoc Oaidistrict (one), Thanh Xuan district (one), and Ung Hoa district (one). 

Mr. Vu assessed that almost all disease clusters has been put under control, however, the city is coping with high risks of community infections especially at Bac Thang Long industrial park and high number of returnees from HCMC and other disease-hit areas. 

The Department of Health underlined the necessity to strengthen disease prevention protocols compliance at vulnerable areas including factors, production sites, hospitals, supermarkets, and markets and application of QR Code for contact tracing.

People are advised to limit travel to outbreak-hit areas and HCM City, and in case there is a need for business or official trips, they must seek approval from an authorised agency and strictly observe prevention and control measures.

The department said that between June 23-July 7, there were around 6,000 people returning from HCM City based on health declaration software’s statistics. However, from June 30 to July 6 alone there were 66 flights from HCM City to Ha Noi carrying more than 13,000 passengers though not all are residents of Ha Noi or would stay in the capital.

Currently, the local authorities stipulated that people returning from outbreak areas must self-isolate at home for 14 days under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, then continue to observe your health conditions for the next seven days./.

By Khanh Phuong