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Hanoi City to let direct contacts of Covid cases self-isolate at home

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Due to a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Hanoi City Party Secretary Dinh Tien Dung has ordered districts to pilot allowing direct contacts of confirmed cases to self-isolate at home and patients with no or mild symptoms to receive treatment at grassroots clinics.

Hanoi Party chief Dung told the local media today, November 16, that he had assigned the municipal government to issue regulations over home isolation for the direct contacts of Covid cases.

Besides, the city’s districts and anti-Covid forces are responsible for working with grassroots healthcare centers to verify whether the direct contacts meet all the home quarantine requirements to prevent community spread.

Those who are not eligible for self-isolation must be sent to a quarantine center.

The city will no longer take Covid patients with no or mild symptoms to hospitals for treatment; they will receive treatment from pop-up healthcare stations instead.

The local authorities were asked to set up more pop-up healthcare stations in high-risk areas and areas falling short of medical facilities so that all residents, mainly Covid patients, can timely access treatment.

The Hanoi government was told to direct the health authority to raise the number of beds for Covid patients and improve the healthcare system.

As for the reopening of schools, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dung highly valued the reopening of schools in Ba Vi District and asked the municipal government to consider restarting in-person classes in Covid-safe districts.

The Hanoi Department of Health was tasked with cooperating with the municipal Department of Education and Training and communes, wards and towns to start the vaccination of children.

Since October 11, Hanoi City has reported over 60 new cases a day, much higher than the previous period. Between November 14 and 15, the city detected 289 cases.

The city has 12 infection clusters and over 120 areas on lockdown. The number of Covid cases is expected to continue rising in coming days.

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