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Hanoi requires arrivals from Ho Chi Minh City to self-quarantine amid surging COVID-19 cases

Hanoi requires arrivals from Ho Chi Minh City to self-quarantine amid surging COVID-19 cases

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 17:02 GMT+7
Hanoi requires arrivals from Ho Chi Minh City to self-quarantine amid surging COVID-19 cases
A house is fenced off for the quarantine and treatment of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Hanoi administration has required all arrivals from Ho Chi Minh City and other localities at high risk of COVID-19 transmission to self-quarantine for seven days amid rising cases in the Vietnamese capital.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has signed a document on tightened measures to prevent and control the pandemic.

The document stated that more stringent measures would be taken from Wednesday to manage people coming from other provinces and cities.

Arrivals from localities at high and very high risk, which are classified as 'orange' and 'red zones,' as well as places with a high number of infections such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Long An, and Dong Nai must be quarantined at home or accommodation establishments for seven days, even when they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.

They will be tested for the novel coronavirus on the first and seventh days of quarantine.

If these arrivals are unvaccinated or have received only one vaccine shot, they are to undergo home quarantine for seven days and have their health monitored for another seven days.

Meanwhile, fully-vaccinated arrivals from localities at medium risk, or 'yellow zones,' need to monitor their health for seven days and get tested for COVID-19 on the first day of their stay.

If they are unvaccinated or have received only one shot, they need to monitor their health for 14 days and undergo testing on the first and seventh days.

Everyone who comes to the capital must file health declarations and promptly report to local authorities if they have a fever, coughing, sore throat, or loss of smell or taste.

According to the document, Hanoi will pilot the treatment of COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms at concentrated facilities managed by district-level authorities.

The capital city will also quarantine direct contacts of coronavirus patients at their homes on a trial basis.

Hanoi has documented more than 6,600 local COVID-19 cases since the fourth outbreak hit Vietnam on April 27.

The capital has seen a surge in community-based infections over the past days.

On Monday, health authorities logged 289 new cases, the city’s highest daily jump since the beginning of the fourth flare-up.

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