A woman's temperature is checked before she enters quarantine at Phương Nam Resort in Cần Giờ District in HCM City. —VNA/VNS.Photo Hoàng Tuyết
HCM CITY — Twenty-seven hotels will be used as paid quarantine facilities for people required to be quarantined after arriving in HCM City, along with other existing quarantine facilities, according to the city Department of Health.
Nguyễn Tấn Bỉnh, head of the department, said that Việt Nam would resume flights to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia and Laos, among others.
Nearly 20,000 people will be expected to enter Việt Nam this month, he said.
The department is co-operating with the Department of Tourism to use the 27 hotels for these people. The hotels expect to admit quarantined people and will be assessed to ensure safe criteria in COVID-19 prevention and control by the city's Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and district health centres.
The hotels will charge fees based on their room vacancies. Quarantined people can choose rooms with suitable fees.
The city is waiting for guidance from the Ministry of Finance on fees for its quarantine areas and those managed by the military.
The vice chairman of the city People’s Committee, Lê Thanh Liêm, has instructed the Department of Health and Department of Tourism to check the paid quarantine process at hotels. They should use more hotels if necessary, he said.
Bỉnh said that the city’s quarantine areas and 27 hotels could admit about 3,000 people. On September 12, the CDC said that the two latest COVID-19 patients in the city have been discharged from hospitals. The city has had 77 COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic. All of them have recovered.
The city currently has 875 people in its quarantine areas and 246 quarantined at home.
On September 11, the testing of samples taken from people arriving from Đà Nẵng at Tân Sơn Nhất Airport in HCM City was stopped. Anyone who has returned to HCM City from Đà Nẵng since September 5 should fill out a health declaration form and visit their health centres in city districts to be tested. VNS