Hà Nội CDC's medical workers test blood samples of suspected cases. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội People’s Committee has allocated VNĐ3.5 billion (US$150,600) from the city’s budget for COVID-19 tests.
The funding will be used to buy medical supplies, chemicals and products to implement tests for people kept in centralised quarantine areas before transferring them to their localities.
These tests will be performed by Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of Wednesday afternoon, the capital had confirmed four cases of COVID-19 infections undergoing treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases Campus no.2 in Đông Anh District.
Hà Nội offered 2,277 tests for people returning from infected areas. All were negative for SARS-CoV-2.
Responding to the outbreak, Hà Nội Department of Health urged state and non-state medical facilities to classify patients and quarantine suspected cases of COVID-19.
According to the department, at present, there are some 650 patient beds serving COVID-19 treatment at 41 public hospitals and three private hospitals.
When the disease reaches level 3, meaning wide community spread of infections, the number of beds for quarantine will be 1,290.
At the highest level, the healthcare sector can mobilise up to 4,040 beds for COVID-19 response. — VNS