COVID-19 prevention, control efforts stepped up

March 22, 2020 - 17:00
Health examinations and emergency treatment at Hà Nội's Bạch Mai Hospital will still be conducted as normal, the hospital said on Sunday morning.
Medical workers conduct tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus in Hải Phòng northern port city. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Health examinations and emergency treatment at Hà Nội's Bạch Mai Hospital will still be conducted as normal, the hospital said on Sunday morning.

The hospital had only temporarily stopped health examinations in different wards to avoid crowding in treatment areas.

The hospital’s Nutrition Centre and kitchen will supply enough meals for patients and their families if necessary.

The hospital said everyone should follow COVID-19 preventive measures when entering the hospital, including submitting to a temperature check, washing hands with a sterilising solution and wearing face masks.

The Hà Nội diseases control centre had worked with the hospital to sterilise all of the hospital’s campus.

Earlier on last Friday, the Ministry of Health declared two nurses working at the hospital’s Tropical Diseases Centre were Việt Nam’s 86th and 87th COVID-19 patients.

Quarantine at hotels

Foreigners in Hạ Long City, the northern province of Quảng Ninh since Sunday could choose to be quarantined at several hotels in the city with prices cut by at least half, said deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyễn Ngọc Sơn.

If they do not wish to stay at a hotel, they will be moved to a collective quarantine area.

The hotels that can be used as quarantine centres are the Bưu Điện Hạ Long, Grand Hạ Long, Sun Hạ Long and Bạch Đằng in Bãi Cháy Ward.

Each hotel will have an operation committee including a representative from the municipal people’s committee, the hotel management board, medical worker and police.  

Negative tests

The 17th, 24th and 27th COVID-19 patients of Việt Nam have tested negative for the disease twice, whereas the 18th patient has tested negative three times and has been moved from Ninh Bình General Hospital to Thái Bình General Hospital for further supervision.

As of Sunday, Việt Nam had 99 COVID-19 patients, of whom 16 have been discharged from hospital. The remaining patients are undergoing treatment at hospitals across the country. Most of them are in stable condition. — VNS