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Halong City locks down market linked to new Covid-19 cases

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HCMC – Halong City of Quang Ninh Province put Ha Khau market under lockdown last night, as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has recently hit this northern province and other nine localities in the country.

At around 10:30 p.m. on February 2, the city’s steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control was informed by the Quang Ninh Center for Disease Control and Prevention that three residents in the city had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The steering committee immediately adopted various measures to cope with the situation. Local competent forces took five of the family members of the three infected cases to a local field hospital for quarantine; traced people who had close contact with the three patients and put them in quarantine at another field hospital and locked down and disinfected places linked to the patients.

The forces also locked down the Ha Khau market in the night and implemented contact tracing.

Vu Van Dien, secretary of the city’s Party Committee, asked the members of Covid-19-related steering committees to team up to step up contact tracing efforts and perform large-scale Covid-19 testing on residents in vulnerable areas.

Given the rise in locally-infected cases, Dien requested the locals to keep calm, not to spread fake news about the disease, make health declarations and practice anti-epidemic measures.

Regarding the three Covid-19 patients, they are members of a household in the city’s Ha Khau Ward. They did not develop Covid-19 symptoms.

As of this morning, February 3, Quang Ninh reported four new locally-transmitted cases, raising the total infections to 42.

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