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Danang to turn stadium into Covid-19 field hospital

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HCMC – Given a record surge in new local infections in Danang City, the city government is transforming the Tien Son Stadium in Hai Chau District into a field hospital for Covid-19 treatment to release the strain on the current hospitals and medical centers, some of them now on lockdown.

The 6,500-seater stadium has two basements and four storeys, covering more than 10,000 square meters. It was inaugurated in 2010 to serve the National Games. In 2017, the city invested VND84 billion to renovate the stadium for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gala dinner.

The city government is accelerating the purchase of medical equipment for the field hospital, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machines, ventilators, protective gear, face masks and sanitizers.

Danang chairman Huynh Duc Tho said the Covid-19 situation in the city is very critical, requiring a drastic and timely response.

The Danang Department of Health is striving to conduct 3,500-4,000 Covid-19 tests per day, while the Department of Industry and Trade has been asked to ensure sufficient food and necessities for the citizens.

The city is calling for financial support for Covid-19 treatment, prevention and control from individuals and organizations. Big restaurants have been encouraged to donate meals for health workers responsible for Covid-19 treatment at hospitals and medical centers. The city has chosen the Military Command’s sports field on Le Duan Street as the venue to receive relief aid from donors.

The relevant agencies have tightened control on travel at the city’s gateways and suspended work at construction sites starting today, July 31.

Danang will ensure sufficient food and convenient accommodation for tourists who are stuck in the city and collaborate with other localities to help them return home.

After going 99 days without a fresh case, from July 25, Danang has reported 79 locally-transmitted cases, including 45 reported today, a record single-day spike since the coronavirus hit the country early this year.

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