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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

HCMC tests representatives of households for Covid-19

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HCMC – HCMC is conducting a large-scale Covid-19 screening campaign by testing representatives of households. Accordingly, households with fewer than five people will have one member tested, while those with more than five people will have two members tested.

According to the HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC), members with a high risk of Covid-19 infection had their samples taken, such as those traveling a lot or meeting with many other people, news site VnExpress reported.

As for areas on lockdown and areas linked to Covid-19 cases, all residents must have their samples taken for Covid-19 testing.

The city is holding a large-scale Covid-19 screening program. Accordingly, districts must prevent large gatherings and keep a safe physical distance from each other.

According to HCDC, besides RT-PCR tests, the employment of quick tests in high-risk areas is important to quickly detect infections.

The city will enhance RT-PCR tests in the coming weeks to increase the testing capacity to 500,000 samples per day. The city has decided that the samples of people in direct contact with Covid-19 cases and those at centralized quarantine facilities must be transported to labs within two hours.

In addition, the testing results of direct contacts of confirmed cases must be made available within 12 hours and the results of those in indirect contact will come out within 24 hours.

The samples will be handed over to labs three times a day, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and before 11 p.m.

HCMC will establish a center to coordinate Covid-19 testing to ensure a smooth process.

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