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Dien Bien, Hanoi detect new Covid-19 cases
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Dien Bien, Hanoi detect new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addresses a meeting on Covid-19 control. The Ministry of Health confirmed no new locally-transmitted and imported Covid-19 cases this morning, February 5 - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC - The northern province of Dien Bien discovered that six people who returned from Hanoi and Hai Duong, which are Vietnam’s coronavirus hotspots, tested positive for Covid-19 once, while a woman in Hanoi City was found to be infected with Covid-19 this morning, February 5.

After detecting the six cases last night, Dien Bien Province convened an urgent meeting to cope with the situation, Vu A Bang, vice chairman of the provincial government, told local media.

Specifically, the three returning from Hai Duong’s Cam Giang District were identified as Lo Thi L., aged 16, and Lo Thi L., aged 18, both residing in Ang Tho Commune, Muong Ang District of Dien Bien Province, and Lo Thi D., aged 19, residing in Na Tau Commune, Dien Bien Phu City of Dien Bien Province.

They traveled on a coach with plate number 27B-004.55 operated by Thanh Cong transport business. The coach carried 90 passengers, with many of them getting off at different places during the trip. The coach arrived in Dien Bien on the morning of February 3.

Upon their arrival at Muong Ang District, the suspected cases had their samples taken for Covid-19 testing and were placed in quarantine. Lo Thi D. began home-quarantining after making a health declaration.

The authorities had sent the samples of the six cases to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology for Covid-19 double testing. The force also found 414 people linked to these six cases and is implementing contact tracing throughout the province, Bang said.

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Van Thang, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, asked all competent forces to adopt drastic measures to deal with the disease, including stepping up contact tracing.

Meanwhile, director of the Hanoi Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien announced that a 48-year-old woman had tested positive for Covid-19. She is the wife of a Covid-19 patient in Cau Giay District.

Hơever, the Ministry of Health made an announcement this morning, confirming no new locally-transmitted and imported Covid-19 cases for the first time since January 27, keeping the country’s tally at 1,957.

Of the total infections, 1,068 patients were reported as locally-transmitted cases. The total number of Covid-19 cases via community transmission since January 27 stood at 375.

During the sixth wave of Covid-19, 10 provinces and cities have been hit by the disease, with eight of them—Hanoi, HCMC, Haiphong, Hoa Binh, Bac Ninh, Gia Lai, Binh Duong and Bac Giang—being linked to the coronavirus hotspots in Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces.

Addressing the online meeting with the Gia Lai government on February 4, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the country had basically brought Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, under control.

The coronavirus hotspot of Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province has been eliminated, while the Chi Linh hotspot in Hai Duong Province has effectively been brought under control, said the deputy prime minister.

Dong Trieu Town of Quang Ninh, which is next to Chi Linh City, has asked for permission to conduct Covid-19 testing on a large scale, he said, adding that after the large-scale testing, the disease might be controlled.

Moreover, the situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in Hanoi City is also being controlled successfully.

Speaking at the online meeting, Gia Lai Chairman Vo Ngoc Thanh said that the province rushed to control the disease and quarantined over 8,800 people linked to the hotspots of the Ayun Pa and Ia Pa districts. The province will continue to conduct contact tracing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Besides, the province proposed conducting Covid-19 tests on all employees at the Pleiku Airport.

Deputy PM Dam told Gia Lai Province to continue following drastic Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures and stressed that “we must be on high alert”.

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