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Hanoi requests home quarantine for Covid close contacts

By Vo Hai   November 16, 2021 | 01:20 am PT
Hanoi requests home quarantine for Covid close contacts
A street in Hanoi's Phu Do Ward sees numerous Covid-19 barricades due to the presence of Covid-19 infections, November 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Hanoi Party Committee on Tuesday requested the capital let close contacts of Covid-19 cases be quarantined at home as a trial.

Dinh Tien Dung, secretary of Hanoi Party Committee, requested the People’s Committee to issue guidelines to quarantine close contacts of Covid-19 cases at home. Coronavirus prevention measures must still be ensured, while close contacts who could not meet quarantine standards either at home or in hotels must enter centralized quarantine, he added.

Hanoi has also planned to increase the number of mobile medical stations in areas with high coronavirus risks, high demand and that lack medical capabilities, Dung said. The capital would also prepare to increase the number of beds in districts and wards' medical facilities, as well as enlist both public and private hospitals to help.

On reopening schools, Dung praised the fact in-person classes were resumed in Ba Vi District recently, and requested more classes be reopened here in future and other areas considered safe from the virus.

The Hanoi Department of Health would cooperate with the Department of Education and Training, along with local authorities, to prepare Covid-19 vaccination plans for children below 18, Dung added.

The coronavirus situation in Hanoi has grown complicated in recent days, with rising numbers of new daily cases. The rate at which fully vaccinated individuals contract Covid-19 is also rising.

More cases should be expected in the capital in the coming days as the coronavirus lurks within the community.

"The Covid-19 situation in Hanoi is changing every day and is very complex," said Dung, warning that people are becoming more negligent. Not everyone is following coronavirus prevention measures, including businesses and services, he added.

Hanoi has recorded over 6,400 Covid-19 cases in the fourth coronavirus wave since late April. A total 53 patients have died in the capital during this time.

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