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Hanoi to quarantine passengers from Omicron-hit countries

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Hanoi will send all the passengers arriving from Omicron-hit countries to quarantine centers irrespective of their vaccination status or their recovery from Covid-19.

The Hanoi government on December 27 released a plan to prevent the spread of the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus to the city, the local media reported.

Passengers arriving from abroad through the Noi Bai International Airport must show proof of a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure and file a health declaration.

In addition, the new move of Hanoi City will also affect people who are not from Omicron-hit countries and regions, especially those from southern Africa, but have come there.

The city requires samples of imported Covid-19 cases be taken for gene sequencing. Samples should also be taken from those coming from or having visited Omicron-hit countries and who have been in Vietnam for 28 days, those reinfected with Covid-19 after recovery and those living in pandemic hotspots.

The Hanoi government also asked districts to administer the additional and booster shots in line with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, prioritizing people in high-risk groups.

Residents who have not been fully vaccinated, especially the elderly and those suffering from underlying illnesses, will be encouraged to get vaccinated.

In case an Omicron case is detected in the city, the city will focus on determining the source of infection and direct contacts of the case to cut off the transmission chain.

Districts were also asked to improve their healthcare systems to minimize Covid-19 deaths and the transfer of Covid patients to higher-level hospitals.

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