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Da Nang sets up checkpoints at city’s entrances for COVID-19 containment

Da Nang sets up checkpoints at city’s entrances for COVID-19 containment

Monday, March 16, 2020, 17:02 GMT+7
Da Nang sets up checkpoints at city’s entrances for COVID-19 containment
Foreigners fill out medical declaration forms at a checkpoint in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang in this undated photo. Photo: V.M / Tuoi Tre

The Da Nang health department and other relevant bodies have established checkpoints working 24/7 at seven entrances to screen everyone entering the city for risks of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

The seven checkpoints include two at both ends of Truong Sa and Lien Chieu Streets in Ngu Hanh Son District, one at the foot of the Hai Van Pass, one at the southern end of the Hai Van Tunnel in Lien Chieu District, two in Hoa Nhon and Hoa Phuoc Communes in the outlying district of Hoa Vang, and one at the city’s railway station.

Staff stationed at these checkpoints, the majority of whom are employees from the districts’ medical centers, will coordinate with local traffic police officers to take the body temperature of every person entering the city.

Non-Vietnamese citizens with a fever will be taken to the 199 Hospital under the management of the Ministry of Public Security. 

Overseas Vietnamese nationals with a fever will be taken to the Da Nang Lung Disease Hospital, while the remaining cases will be transferred to other medical facilities in the city for health checks and treatment.

Non-Vietnamese citizens and overseas Vietnamese nationals are also requested to make medical declaration for monitoring at the checkpoints, with a focus on their address in Da Nang and purpose of traveling to the city.

Local authorities are also tasked with giving them instructions on how to make health declaration daily via an online form, as well as reminding visitors to wear face masks.

Vietnam has reported 57 cases of COVID-19 infections, with 16 having fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26.

The 41 active cases, having been confirmed since March 6, include 17 foreigners – mostly Europeans – and 24 Vietnamese.

Da Nang has three active cases, including two British men and a Vietnamese woman working at an electronics store who came into close contact with the two British patients.

No fatality due to COVID-19 has been recorded in Vietnam so far.

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