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Health declarations in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap reveal thousands at high COVID-19 risk

Health declarations in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap reveal thousands at high COVID-19 risk

Monday, June 07, 2021, 13:05 GMT+7
Health declarations in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap reveal thousands at high COVID-19 risk
This image shows volunteers helping people make e-health declarations on their mobile phones near a COVID-19 checkpoint in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

E-health declarations collected at checkpoints in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap District have shown that over 3,400 people are at high risk of coronavirus infection, health authorities reported on Sunday.

After analyzing more than 185,000 e-health declarations collected at the district’s 10 checkpoints as of 3:00 pm on Sunday, local health authorities found 3,464 cases at high risk of COVID-19.

All these at-risk cases have been handled properly under current rules, authorities said.

These checkpoints have been set up at Go Vap’s gateways since May 31, when it was put under 15-day enhanced social distancing, while the city’s other areas applied less strict steps for the same duration.

The municipal government has resorted to such restrictions after mass COVID-19 infections were earlier traced back to the Go Vap-based Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation.

The checking of e-health declarations has begun at the checkpoints since Thursday last week through the coordination between local authorities and health and information and communications agencies.

People going through these checkpoints must show inspectors their QR codes displayed on their mobile phones as evidence for completion of their health declarations.

Agencies concerned have provided Wi-Fi Internet for all checkpoint areas and arranged volunteers there to assist people in making health declarations on their cellphones on the spot when necessary.

The district’s authorities called on locals to complete such declarations before their travel to save time and avoid congestion at checkpoints due to on-site declarations.

After days of high numbers of COVID-19 cases related to the Christian congregation, the city has recently recorded fewer infections, local authorities said.

The Ministry of Health on Friday noon confirmed 92 new COVID-19 cases nationwide, including 68 in Bac Giang Province and 14 in Ho Chi Minh City.

With these new cases, Vietnam has documented a total of 8,883 COVID-19 patients, including 3,368 recoveries and 53 deaths, since early 2020, when it confirmed the first coronavirus-positive patient.

The Southeast Asian country has recorded 5,758 infections in 39 out of 63 cities and provinces since April 27, when the fourth wave erupted.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News


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