A block of the field hospital is ready for hosting COVID-19 patients in Đà Nẵng City. At least 340 COVID-19 patients have been given treatment in the city's hospital system. VNS Photo Lê Lâm
ĐÀ NẴNG — The first field hospital in Đà Nẵng officially opened on Friday for seriously ill COVID-19 patients from Đà Nẵng General Hospital. This will reduce the burden on the local healthcare system that has been stretched thin by an explosion of cases of COVID-19.
According to Dr Lê Đức Nhân, director of the hospital, the 1,700-bed structure is equipped with full medical facilities with part assigned as a reserved treatment centre for the downtown-based Đà Nẵng General Hospital.
The city’s hospital system has been treating 340 COVID-19 patients since May, of which 11 have suffered serious ailments.
Đà Nẵng also launched an automated switchboard for online declarations for close contacts of positive SARS-COV-2 cases (F1). This will complement the city’s information and technology department’s COVID-19 map (http://covidmaps.danang.gov.vn). The map helps internet users identify quarantine centres, lockdown zones, living quarters and the travels of previously detected COVID-19 patients.
A key road in Sơn Trà District in Đà Nẵng City is quiet on the first day of social distancing on Friday. Photo courtesy of Mân Thái ward people's committee
Meanwhile, Quảng Nam Province asked for a 14-day quarantine time for all people returning from coronavirus-hit localities, even fully-vaccinated people.
Quảng Ngãi Province said 50 COVID-19 patients had been released from hospital since the coronavirus outbreak in early June.
More than 37,000 people had been vaccinated, of which 4,600 received two shots, between June 18 to July 22. — VNS