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Over 10,000 employees at Hanoi airport tested for COVID-19

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 17:13 GMT+7
Over 10,000 employees at Hanoi airport tested for COVID-19
A medical worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing from an employee at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 10,000 employees at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi were put through COVID-19 testing on Tuesday in a precautious attempt to minimize the risk of transmission.

The mass sampling, which included all high-risk staffers at the airport, started in the afternoon and was not able to conclude until late at night.

It was carried out by the medical centers of several districts in Hanoi, including Soc Son, Long Bien, Me Linh, Bac Tu Liem, and Hoai Duc.

Testing samples will be processed at selected hospitals in the capital, including Saint Paul, Thanh Nhan, Duc Giang, Son Tay, Ha Dong, and Hanoi Lung Hospital.

According to Vu Duc Hanh, deputy director of Hanoi’s Department of Health, the sampling process had gone through 7,300 airport staffers by 7:00 pm on Tuesday and finished the same night.

Four hundred and eighty-four local infections have been logged in 13 provinces and cities since a new wave struck Vietnam on January 28, including 327 in Hai Duong Province, 53 in Quang Ninh Province, 28 in Hanoi, and 33 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The risk of further community spread stays extremely high in Ho Chi Minh City because the virus has hit Tan Son Nhat International Airport, with the source of infection still unknown, health authorities said.

A medical worker collects sample for COVID-19 testing from a Noi Bai International Airport (NIA) staffer, February 9, 2020. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

A medical worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing from a Noi Bai International Airport staffer in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Workers of Noi Bai International Airport queue up for COVID-19 testing, February 9, 2020. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Workers of Noi Bai International Airport queue up for COVID-19 testing in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

A medical worker collects sample for COVID-19 testing from a Noi Bai International Airport (NIA) staffer, February 9, 2020. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

A medical worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing from a Noi Bai International Airport staffer in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Medical workers process health declarations from Noi Bai International Airport (NIA) staffers, February 9, 2020. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Medical workers process health declarations from Noi Bai International Airport staffers in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Medical workers process health declarations from Noi Bai International Airport (NIA) staffers, February 9, 2020. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

Medical workers process health declarations from Noi Bai International Airport staffers in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

A medical worker is disinfected before taking sample for COVID-19 testing from Noi Bai International Airport (NIA) staffers, February 9, 2020. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

A medical worker is disinfected before taking samples for COVID-19 testing from employees at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, February 9, 2021. Photo: Hoang Phong / Tuoi Tre

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