Passenger transportation from Đà Nẵng to other places has resumed after more than one month. VNA/VNS.Photo Lê Lâm
HCM CITY — People arriving in HCM City from Đà Nẵng, the COVID-19 hotspot during the second wave, will be tested, according to the city’s Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention.
The news came after the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam and other relevant agencies permitted passenger transport companies to resume services to and from Đà Nẵng, starting on Monday (September 7).
Following that, airlines resumed services to the city after a month.
At Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, medical workers began to take samples for testing on Tuesday.
People coming from Đà Nẵng by other means of transport have to make health declarations and are taken for testing at health centres.
They can register for an appointment for testing through the CDC’s website or telephone, with the latter being available from next week.
According to the transport ministry, there was much public demand for resuming transportation and the situation has improved enough to permit it.
Đà Nẵng has not had any new cases of COVID-19 for 10 days as of Tuesday.
The chairman of its People’s Committee, Huỳnh Đức Thơ, instructed the Department of Health to take up with the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control the huge differences in preventive measures taken by various provinces and cities.
City authorities are taking up the issue since it has become hard for locals to travel to other places around the country without being sure of restrictions related to quarantine and others.
They have pleased with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc to have uniform measures nation-wide against COVID-19 for people coming from Đà Nẵng.
Some provinces and cities quarantine people coming from Đà Nẵng for 14 days, some allow them to self-isolate at home, others only allow them to stay for three days without paying for testing or for one day without being quarantined.
Some require drivers of vehicles coming from Đà Nẵng to make medical declarations while others simply prohibit entry.
COVID-19 figures in VIệt Nam
Việt Nam logged zero new COVID-19 cases within the past 12 hours as of 6am of Wednesday, according to the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
The country has documented 1,054 coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infections so far.
Of the total, 691 were infected with the virus domestically, including 551 linked with Đà Nẵng City since the latest coronavirus wave began there on July 25.
As many as 868 patients have recovered while 35 have died from complications related to the disease. Most of the fatalities were the elderly with serious underlying health conditions.
Among 186 still under treatment, 13 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 21 others twice and 35 thrice. Currently, six patients are in critical conditions. — VNS