Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will monitor and quarantine all people arriving from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang as three locally transmitted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have been recorded in the central hub over the past days.
Vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc on Sunday signed a document on enhanced efforts to prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic following the increasingly complicated situation in Da Nang.
The municipal Department of Health and district-level administrations are tasked with tracking all people who have been to Da Nang City from July 1.
These people will be classified into three groups with different quarantine measures applied.
The first group, which includes individuals who had contact with or were in the same place as a COVID-19 patient, must be sent to local quarantine centers and tested as per regulations.
The second group, which consists of people with symptoms of COVID-19 and respiratory diseases, must be isolated at treatment facilities and tested for the novel coronavirus.
The third group, which includes all other people arriving from Da Nang, is required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.
Police units were asked to work with local residents to promptly detect any cases of illegal entry.
Those who organize for people to illegally enter Vietnam or spread false news about COVID-19 will be sternly punished, according to vice-chairman Duc.
The municipal Department of Health and the Department of Information and Communications will work together to raise awareness of the epidemic among citizens, calling on everyone to wear face masks in public and apply other preventive measures.
The Department of Education and Training must carry out COVID-19 prevention and control measures during the upcoming national high school exam, scheduled to take place on August 9 and 10.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally is at 420, with 365 having recovered as of Monday morning.
The country recorded its first locally transmitted COVID-19 case after nearly 100 days on Saturday. Three other community infections were documented on Sunday.
Among the local infections, three are in Da Nang while the other is in the central province of Quang Ngai.
Authorities in both Da Nang and Quang Ngai have imposed certain social distancing regulations to control the spread of the disease.