Dec 04, 2020 / 13:48

Hanoi boosts Covid-19 prevention and control

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi's authorities will strictly sanction people defying Covid-19 prevention and control protocol.

Hanoi’s authorities have requested people to comply with the Covid-19 prevention and control protocol and strengthen hygiene measures, Kinh te & Do thi Newspaper cited Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh’s express note on December 3.

As per the document, the Hanoi mayor once again stressed on precautionary measures, including quick testing, contact tracing, masking up in public places, and washing hands.

In addition, regulations for receiving visitors from abroad, including quarantine, must be strictly applied.

Vietnamese returnees, depending on their categories, will be quarantined in concentrated centers or in other types of facilities.

 Hanoi's residents wear face masks when walking by the Hoan Kiem lake. Photo:

Meanwhile, the city’s government asked relevant agencies to conduct necessary procedures for incoming foreign diplomats, experts, investors, high-skilled workers, foreign students and their relatives in the city. 

The city mayor said the city will keep people vigilant on the pandemic that remains unpredictable as Vietnam and Hanoi in particular are at high risk of imported transmission.

He said the city’s Department of Health needs to keep close watch on the pandemic evolution by imposing five step regulation including preventing, detecting, quarantining, zoning, and stamping out.

"The health sector will ensure enough resources for dealing with any outbreak," Anh said in the document.

He said the city will keep disseminating the "5K" message, that means Khau trang (face mask) - Khu khuan (disinfection) - Khoang cach (distancing) - Khong tu tap (no gatherings) - Khai bao y te (health declaration).

On November 30, a newly confirmed case, tagged Covid-19 patient 1347 in Ho Chi Minh City, ended a streak of 88 days of zero locally-transmitted infections, according to the Ministry of Health.

Vietnam has recorded 1,358 Covid-19 cases so far, including 119 active infections, and 35 deaths.

Hanoi has gone more than 100 days without detecting any new cases of Covid-19 in the community. However, according to experts, the risk of a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic is latent, so staying vigilant is a must, as cold and dry winter conditions favor the transmission of the virus.