Vietnam’s Da Nang City authorities have decided to suspend the operation of Tho Quang Fishing Port for one week for epidemic control, following the detection of 19 coronavirus cases.
The decision was made by Le Trung Chinh, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, at a meeting on Sunday to review COVID-19 prevention and control missions.
Accordingly, the fishing port will cease operations for seven days starting from 3:00 pm on Monday, during which agencies concerned will disinfect the entire port and carry out other epidemic prevention measures.
Chinh requested the port management to promptly notify the public of the temporary closure of the port to prevent the arrival of vessels.
It will resume operations after seven days provided authorities are capable of controlling the infection cluster at the port, the city’s leader said.
The 19 coronavirus cases were detected after local health authorities tested around 13,000 samples within 24 hours from 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Currently, Da Nang has reported two high-risk infection clusters, including the fishing port and Da Son Slaughterhouse, where four COVID-19 cases were recorded several days ago.
On Monday, all people related to the infections at the port and the slaughterhouse, and all fish traders at markets be tested for the coronavirus, chairman Chinh required.
At the same time, all direct contacts of the COVID-19 patients must be put under home quarantine, the leader added.
Da Nang now has a reserve of 300 tons of seafood, which is possibly enough to meet local demand for a week, the chairman confirmed.
As the largest fish port in central Vietnam, Tho Quang is not only a dock for fishing vessels throughout the region, but also a large fish market for traders from Binh Dinh to Ha Tinh Provinces.
Da Nang authorities have applied urgent epidemic prevention measures since July 22 to stall COVID-19 spread.
Within 24 hours from Saturday afternoon, the city documented 32 infections, including five cases with unknown sources, local authorities reported.
On Monday morning, the Ministry of Health confirmed 2,708 new coronavirus cases, including 1,714 in Ho Chi Minh City and 27 in Da Nang.
The latest cases have brought the country’s tally to 101,173, including 19,342 recoveries, as recorded since early 2020.
Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave began in Vietnam, the nation has registered 97,421 domestic cases.