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Quarantining people arriving from HCMC is unnecessary: minister

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HCMC – It is not necessary to quarantine and take the samples of people arriving from HCMC for Covid-19 testing as the city is not a coronavirus hotspot, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long told a meeting with the municipal government today, December 11.

The prime minister had earlier concluded that HCMC was not a Covid-19 hotspot, but only reported four locally transmitted cases, said Long.

Since December 1, the city has reported no community-transmitted Covid-19 cases, Long said and highly valued the city’s efforts in tracing contacts, testing samples, quarantining suspected cases and controlling Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Minister Long also proposed the municipal government continue to take drastic measures to effectively ward off the virus, the local media reported.

The 1,342nd patient, a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant, who tested positive for the virus in HCMC on November 28, was the source of infection for the 1,347th, 1,348th and 1,349th cases. As such, some provinces ordered the close monitoring of people arriving from the city.

Following the new cases in the city, Quang Binh Province announced that people who stayed in HCMC from November 18 and entered the province would have to make health declarations and be monitored closely. Meanwhile, people arriving from HCMC’s districts 6, 10, Tan Binh and Binh Tan were required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

Similarly, Quang Nam Province also asked its residents who traveled to the four districts from November 27 to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or their residences.

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