HCMC sets up security cameras at Covid-19 quarantine facilities

By Thu Anh   February 25, 2021 | 01:15 am PT
HCMC sets up security cameras at Covid-19 quarantine facilities
HCMC health officials checks security camera at a hotel used as a Covid-19 quarantine facility, December 2020. Photo by HCDC.
Ho Chi Minh City’s Health Department has requested district authorities to set up security cameras at quarantine camps for better monitoring.

Healthcare centers in each district have been requested to set up a CTTV camera system at centralized quarantine facilities and make sure all footage could be extracted to help monitor suspected Covid-19 carriers currently in isolation.

All records of a quarantined person, as well as of the inspection and supervision process, must be kept at the quarantine camp, the department said.

To cope with infection spread, HCMC has been operating 52 centralized quarantine facilities that offer a total 4,500 beds across different districts aside from a dormitory of 10,000 beds at the Vietnam National University in Thu Duc City.

The city now has five medical facilities for Covid-19 treatment that can provide 1,955 beds in total.

As per containment protocol, Vietnam requests all people returning from abroad, those that have visited affected areas and those that have come into close contact with previously infected patients to remain in centralized quarantine camp for 14 days.

Since Jan. 28, when community transmission returned to Vietnam after almost two months, the city has reported 36 cases in eight districts. Of these, 35 were linked to the outbreak at its Tan Son Nhat airport, whose origin has yet to be identified, and the other to Hai Duong, the country’s epicenter.

The latest wave, which began in northern Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces, has spread to 13 cities and provinces, with infections rising to 820.

HCMC has detected no new cases in the last two weeks.

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