Travellers from Covid-19 infected region asked to comply with health registration

27/07/2020

VGP – Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has asked travellers who visited the areas where COVID-19 patients have been in Da Nang returning to Ha Noi to voluntarily comply with health registration; monitor their health; undergo SARS-CoV-2 tests; and self-quarantine. 

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Chairman Chung made the request on July 27 at a meeting of the Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Chairman Chung assessed that Ha Noi faces a high risk of coronavirus infections in the community as the number of travellers returning from Da Nang visit is high. 

Although Ha Noi has gone 103 days without any new community transmission cases, the Chairman requested local people timely disclose new cases and prevent disease outbreak. 

He suggested people should not  worry too much and should only trace travellers who came back from their visits to Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Hue where they stopped by where    COVID-19 patients have been (including Lien Chieu district, Ngu Hanh Son district, Hai Chau district, the Da Nang C Hospital, the Da Nang Orthopaedic, and the Da Nang General Hospital).

All relevant cases must voluntarily comply with health registration; monitor their health; undergo SARS-CoV-2 tests; and self-quarantine. 

Deputy Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy reported that about 15,000-20,000 people from Da Nang have come back to Ha Noi over the past few days. Hence, the city is coping with high risks of community transmission. 

Chairman Chung also suggested local people restrict movements to other localities where community infection cases have been confirmed.

Director of the Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien reported that the city has been equipped with adequate materials on disease prevention; collects samples of imported travellers at least two times to Ha Noi; applies mandatory 2-week quarantine; and conduct another SARS-CoV-2 test before quarantine deadlines.

With three people contracting COVID-19 in Da Nang and 12 other suspected cases, the Government ordered social distancing in the city. It will be in place for at least 14 days from Tuesday.

The central city had three cases of local transmission last weekend, the first in Viet Nam in more than three months in which source of infection has yet been known.

The government made a drastic decision on evacuating 80,000 people from Da Nang, a process that it said would take four days. Domestic airlines are operating about 100 flights daily to 11 cities around the country, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam./. 

By Khanh Phuong