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Da Nang requires arrivals to undergo COVID-19 testing at city’s entrances

Da Nang requires arrivals to undergo COVID-19 testing at city’s entrances

Friday, August 20, 2021, 14:44 GMT+7
Da Nang requires arrivals to undergo COVID-19 testing at city’s entrances
A man has his body temperature measured at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Da Nang have decided to test all arrivals for COVID-19 at checkpoints at the central city’s gateways.

The decision, meant to prevent new sources of infection from entering the city, took effect on Thursday.

People are currently allowed to enter Da Nang via three COVID-19 checkpoints located on Ta Quang Buu Street, and in Hoa Nhon and Ho Phuoc Communes.

About 6,900 vehicles come the city through these three gateways on a daily basis, according to data released by the city.

All individuals entering the city from Thursday must undergo rapid COVID-19 testing at these checkpoints, including those who already tested negative prior to their arrival.

People who test positive for the novel coronavirus at the checkpoints will be temporarily quarantined and undergo real-time RT-PCR tests for confirmatory results.

Da Nang has recorded 2,547 local infections since the fourth wave hit Vietnam on April 27.

The city currently follows social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16, which bans gatherings of more than two individuals in public and restricts outdoor travels to essential tasks only. 

Local authorities recently required that all residents stay put for seven days as part of a more stringent plan to cope with the pandemic.

Accordingly, residents must stay home, while workers at factories and construction sites must stay at workplaces from 8:00 am on August 16 to 8:00 am on August 23.

Vietnam had documented 312,611 COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon, with 120,059 recoveries and 7,150 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has registered 308,559 local transmissions in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities since April 27.

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