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Khanh Hoa Province in Vietnam quarantines all people from COVID-19 epicenter

Khanh Hoa Province in Vietnam quarantines all people from COVID-19 epicenter

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:28 GMT+7
Khanh Hoa Province in Vietnam quarantines all people from COVID-19 epicenter
This photo shows an almost empty beach in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa, home to the tourist hotspot of Nha Trang City, decided to quarantine all people coming from the epicenter of northern Hai Duong Province starting Tuesday.

The move, coming into effect on 0:00 Tuesday, is meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the order of Khanh Hoa’s Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the provincial Department of Health must collaborate with local police, the Department of Transport, and authorities at grassroots levels to make records of people from Hai Duong arriving in the locality after Monday.

These people must be placed under concentrated quarantine for 14 days since the date they left Hai Duong and sampled for COVID-19 at least twice, according to the committee’s head and the provincial Department of Health’s director Bui Xuan Minh.

The rule is applied to all arrivals by road, railway, air, or sea.

The provincial Department of Tourism must help the move by tracking guests staying at local accommodations.

Military forces in the province also have to send all officers, who return to their duty from Hai Duong after Monday, to centralized quarantine facilities.

Meanwhile, the authorities of districts, towns, and cities in Khanh Hoa shall review every single household to detect if there are people coming to the locality after the aforementioned time.

People are also encouraged to contact the nearest medical center for guidance and support if they have or find cases of people with a recent travel history in Hai Duong.

Khanh Hoa has reported no community cases of COVID-19 and seven repatriated patients as of Wednesday, in the new coronavirus wave that has hit Vietnam since January 27.

The country’s tally stood at 2,311 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday morning, with 1,573 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

A total of 679 local infections have been detected in 13 provinces and cities since January 27.

The majority of the domestically-transmitted cases were traced back to Hai Duong and northern Quang Ninh province, with 539 and 60 patients, respectively.

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