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Da Nang turns dorms into quarantine centers to combat virus

Monday, August 03, 2020, 12:24 GMT+7
Da Nang turns dorms into quarantine centers to combat virus
A dormitory of the Political Academy, Region III is pictured in Son Tra District, Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: V. Hung / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang, a city in central Vietnam that is the country’s current outbreak epicenter, on Sunday turned two local dormitories into centralized quarantine centers for suspected COVID-19 cases.

The chosen dorms belong to the Political Academy, Region III at 215 Nguyen Cong Tru Street in Son Tra District and the College of Food Industry at 101B Le Huu Trac Street in the same district, according to a decision signed by Da Nang deputy chairman Le Trung Chinh.

Previously, the central city also set up similar quarantine centers at the dormitories of some local universities, including the University of Science and Education in Lien Chieu District, University of Technology and Education in Hai Chau District, and Vietnam-Korea University of Information Technology and Communications in Ngu Hanh Son District.

More than 250 rooms are made available for COVID-19 quarantine at these dormitories.

On Sunday, Da Nang also approved a plan to carry out mass COVID-19 testing in the city.

A health worker disinfects an area in Cam Le District, Da Nang City, Vietnam August 2, 2020. Photo: V. Hung / Tuoi Tre

A health worker disinfects an area in Cam Le District, Da Nang City, Vietnam August 2, 2020. Photo: V. Hung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 621 infections, with the latest patient – a 60-year-old woman from Quang Ngai Province – being announced on Monday morning.

The patient is one of 174 cases connected to the outbreak in Da Nang, which started with the detection of a 57-year-old male patient on July 25, ending 99 days of no community infections in Vietnam.

The outbreak has also resulted in the deaths of six COVID-19 patients, all of whom have serious underlying health conditions.

As many as 242 patients are still in treatment nationwide.

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