A health worker instructs a foreigner how to get samples for testing. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm
ĐÀ NẴNG — Thousands of foreign workers and stranded tourists in the central city of Đà Nẵng are getting tested for coronavirus as part of the city's efforts to fight the pandemic.
From August 21 to 25, more than 2,198 foreigners living in Sơn Trà District were tested.
Vice director of the district Healthcare Centre Ngô Văn Đình Hoài said the testing aimed to find COVID-19 cases in the community and then implement quarantines in a timely fashion.
People keep a safe distance at the testing place. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm
The testing was expected to reassure people in local disease prevention and control efforts.
Antibody ELISA and RT-PCR testing methods are used, according to Hoài.
A couple fills in application forms before getting tested on Monday. — VNA/VNNS Photo Văn Dũng
On Tuesday morning only, more than 800 foreigners in the district's An Hải Bắc had their samples taken as the city's Centre for Diseases Control worked together with the district's health centre.
More than 30 health workers from Sơn Trà District Healthcare Centre worked to take samples at Lê Độ Secondary school and the ward police assisted people.
Interpreters sitting with police helped the foreigners during the testing process.
A health worker gets a testing sample. VNA/VNS Photo Văn Dũng
Head of the ward police, Major Đoàn Hoàng Linh said that earlier, they and local health workers made a list of foreigners living in the locality.
Police gave people application forms in either English, Korean or Chinese to fill in their information.
“Police informed about the testing to every foreigner living in the locality,” Linh said, adding that police also worked with apartment building management board to take people to the testing place.
Đà Nẵng city takes samples for COVID-19 testing for thousands of foreigners. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm
“On Tuesday morning, almost all foreigners living here went for testing,” he said.
Testing results will be announced in the next two days. — VNS
A foreigner expresses his pleasure for COVID-19 testing. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm