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Residents entering other localities not required to show negative Covid test result

By Minh Duy

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HCMC – Residents do not need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result when they enter other localities, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest guidelines.

In an urgent dispatch on the deployment of the Government’s Resolution 128 on safely and flexibly adapting to and effectively controlling Covid-19 sent to other ministries, Governmental agencies and localities, the Ministry of Health asked localities to take the initiative in conducting quick or RT-PCR tests for people with a high risk of coronavirus infection.

Based on their situation, the municipal or provincial Department of Health must direct the management of Covid-19 cases at medical centers or at home and establish pop-up healthcare stations to ensure the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Residents coming to other localities will be classified for isolation based on the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses they have taken.

Residents who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months will monitor their health at home for seven days and undergo Covid-19 tests on the first day of their arrival.

Meanwhile, people who have got one Covid-19 vaccine dose will self-isolate for seven days at home and monitor their health for another week. These people will undergo Covid-19 tests on the first and seventh days.

Unvaccinated people will be quarantined for 14 days and monitor their health for 14 more days. Covid-19 tests will be conducted for them on the first, seventh and 14th days.

As for those who have got Covid-19 vaccines or recovered from Covid-19 abroad, the checking and recognition of their vaccination or recovery certificates will be conducted in line with the guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of Health has also asked production and business units, service providers, trade centers, supermarkets and agencies to conduct Covid-19 tests for their employees if they develop symptoms of fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell, or are linked to Covid-19 cases.

Covid-19 tests should be conducted when these units resume their operations.

They must also conduct random tests for high-risk laborers. In addition, they should periodically conduct tests in groups.

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