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Da Nang asks public servants to work from home after official positive for COVID-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 20:40 GMT+7
Da Nang asks public servants to work from home after official positive for COVID-19
People have their body temperature measured before entering the Da Nang City Administration Center in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Da Nang have allowed all staff members at the municipal administration center to work from home after an official recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Le Trung Chinh, vice-chairman of the city’s administration, has asked heads of departments and sectors to direct their officials, civil servants, public employees, and workers to utilize information technology to work from home until further notice.

On August 4, the administration conducted COVID-19 tests on 1,107 civil servants and public employees at the Da Nang Administration Center.

One result came back positive for the novel coronavirus, while the remainder were negative.

The person who tested positive for the virus was H., who works at the municipal inspectorate.

Following the detection, the management unit of the administration center extracted CCTV footage to track those who had had contact with H. as well as disinfected the entire ninth floor, where her office is located.

Local health workers have also used chloramine to fumigate other areas in the buildings where H. had been to.

Six officials at the city’s inspectorate have been brought to a quarantine center for having close contact with H., according to Luong Cong Tuan, Da Nang’s chief inspector.

Other staff members of the inspectorate have been required to undergo home quarantine and have their health monitored regularly.

“They have been working from home and are all in stable health,” Tuan elaborated.

Heads of departments and offices at the administration center are in charge of making prompt reports if their employees develop any symptoms of COVID-19, according to vice-chairman Chinh.

Public servants and employees are still allowed to come to the office when necessary, but they have to follow strict COVID-19 prevention measures and must be tested for the novel coronavirus beforehand.

All departments must make sure online public services are operated efficiently during this period.

Local residents and businesses are advised to use online public services at https://dichvucong.danang.gov.vn as well as send and receive their dossiers and documents via postal services.

In urgent cases, they shall directly contact relevant agencies and units for consideration and settlement of dossiers in accordance with regulations.

Tran Ngoc Thach, deputy director of the municipal Department of Information and Communications, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that over 95 percent of the city’s administrative procedures can now be carried out online.

The Da Nang City Administration Center is designed to have 34 floors and a two-story basement. The building houses all headquarters of departments under the municipal People’s Committee.

More than 1,100 people work here on a daily basis.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has reached 863, with 399 having recovered and 16 deaths as of Tuesday night.

The health ministry has confirmed 405 cases traced to Da Nang since July 25, when the first domestic infection was recorded there after Vietnam had gone 99 days without any documented community transmission.

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