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Vietnam installs 3,000 surveillance cameras in quarantine centers to quell coronavirus transmission

Vietnam installs 3,000 surveillance cameras in quarantine centers to quell coronavirus transmission

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 16:49 GMT+7
Vietnam installs 3,000 surveillance cameras in quarantine centers to quell coronavirus transmission
A technical worker installs a surveillance camera at a centralized COVID-19 quarantine facility in northern Vietnam. Photo: Viettel

Centralized quarantine facilities in northern Vietnamese provinces have been equipped with 3,000 surveillance cameras in the past seven days in accordance with the direction of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

One-third of the number of surveillance cameras was installed within five days in 130 quarantine wards in 125 communes of northern Bac Giang Province, which is currently a coronavirus hotbed in Vietnam with 1,156 local infections, according to military-run telecoms group Viettel, which was in charge of the installation.

All data from the cameras is integrated into a centralized management system and can be provided for many regulatory bodies at any time. 

In addition to other human and material resources, through the camera system, the COVID-19 prevention and control agencies can monitor all activities in the quarantine facilities 24/7, minimizing the developments that may aggrevate the pandemic situation.

Viettel says it will continue to study to make optimal plans for strengthening the telecommunications network and adding Wi-Fi service to the COVID-19 quarantine centers.

Vietnam is currently placing 165,935 people in centralized quarantine, including 5,307 at hospitals, 35,896 at concentrated facilities, and the remaining at their residences, according to the verified Facebook page of the government.

The country has reported 5,561 COVID-19 cases, including 4,075 domestic infections, since the virus first emerged in the country on January 23, 2020, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Recoveries have reached 2,794 whereas 44 patients have died, most having suffered critical pre-existing health problems.

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