Tuesday, September 29 2020


Stranded tourists test negative for SARS-CoV-2

Update: August, 12/2020 - 15:37


A health worker takes a sample from a tourist in Đà Nẵng. All 625 tourists including 23 foreigners tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, and they will be taken home on Vietnam Airlines and VietJetAir flights. VNS Photo Trần Lâm

CENTRAL REGION — All 625 tourists (including 23 foreigners) from HCM City have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, and they will be taken home soon on four flights operated by Vietnam Airlines and VietJetAir from Đà Nẵng Airport.

The city’s tourism department said seven flights are planned to carry more than 1,400 tourists (including 12 children under two) from Hà Nội and HCM City who have been stranded in the city since social distancing began on July 27.

The city temporarily closed a market in Nại Hiên Đông ward in Sơn Trà district after three COVID-19 patients visited the site, and more than 1,400 traders and local residents living in three apartments in the area were tested early this week.

The city’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has been taking samples of 4,000 in-patients (not related to COVID-19) and 4,000 relatives at the city’s locked down General Hospital.

All members of SHB Đà Nẵng football club tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 according to results released on Wednesday (August 12). They will be isolated at home and at the club’s quarters for two weeks before training again.

Director of the club, Bùi Xuân Hòa, said some players had visited the General Hospital for treatment, and one member of the team had indirect contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Donations of food and logistics worth VNĐ100 million (US$4,300) have been raised for poor people and the unemployed in Mân Thái ward in Sơn Trà district.

Central Quảng Trị Province locked down three buildings at Đông Hà City’s General Hospital as six COVID-19 patients were found at the site and living quarters. The city extended social distancing orders from Wednesday (August 12).

Up to 2,400 residents returning from COVID-19 hot spots in Đà Nẵng and Quảng Nam had been isolated for SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Quảng Nam Province assigned a 100-bed quarantine centre in Núi Thành district for those in close contact with COVID-19 patients.


Guards check body temperatures at Mân Thái fishing market in Sơn Trà district of Đà Nẵng. Local residents were given permission to visit the market every three days as social distancing orders were extended on August 12. Photo courtesy Mân Thái Portal 



Residents in locked down zones throughout the province all receive food worth VNĐ40,000 ($1.7) per day.

Nearly 1,000 people at isolation centres in Quảng Ngãi Province finished quarantine, and they will be isolated at home for two more weeks.

According to the provincial CDC, 171 people at quarantine centres still have a fever, but 143 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 according to the latest results released on Wednesday. Up to 2,900 samples of isolated people also tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. VNS

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