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Strategy change: students allowed to leave concentrated quarantined centers

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As of February 5, students under 5 years old who are quarantined at concentrated isolation centers will be on home quarantine. Other students can return home one week after having a negative test.

Việt Nam thay đổi chiến lược, cho học sinh đang cách ly tập trung về nhà

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long at at an online meeting on Feb. 5. 

The information was announced by Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long at an online meeting with provinces and cities hit by Covid-19 pandemic on February 5.

The Minister said that during the ongoing outbreak, the virus characteristics have changed, so it is necessary to change the strategy for COVID-19 prevention and control, as follows.

First, due to demand for widespread testing in northern Quang Ninh and Hai Duong provinces, where the latest outbreak began, the Ministry of Health now permits the combination of 10 – 15 samples collected from the same families in one test, instead of five samples previously.

“If the combined sample is found positive, the whole family will be isolated, then will take the sample again to test each person to classify F0, F1 cases,” he said.

Around 30,000 households in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh province need testing and this strategy can be applied right away.

The Ministry of Health has discussed very carefully with specialized agencies and asked all localities to apply this.

Second, change the isolation strategy. The Minister said that due to the rapid multiplication of viruses and the rapid spread of pathogens it is necessary to change the form of quarantine of children, so that children can enjoy Tet at home.

The Minister asked localities to classify children into two groups: under 5 years old – strict quarantine at home. Each child is accompanied by a healthy adult, on the condition that the family has no elderly person or person with no underlying conditions. Cam Giang District in Hai Duong province – an epidemic hotspot – is currently applying this quarantine form.

For children over 5 years old, in the first seven days, they are tested three times (day 1, 3, 7). If the tests are negative, they are allowed to be quarantined at home under the close control of the local authorities.

Third, releasing goods from epidemic zones. The Minister cited Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s order to not hamper economic activities in the COVID-19 fight, the provinces and cities with sufficient testing capacity can transport goods to other localities, but anti-COVID-19 measures must be applied for both goods and drivers.

Thuy Hanh

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/viet-nam-thay-doi-chien-luoc-cho-hoc-sinh-dang-cach-ly-tap-trung-ve-nha-711337.html

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31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, including 30 local cases

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Việt Nam reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, including 30 local cases: Bắc Ninh (16), Bắc Giang(10), Lạng Sơn (3), HCM City (1). All are in locked down areas.

 

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/951956/31-new-cases-of-covid-19-on-wednesday-morning-including-30-local-cases.html

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HCMC reports another coronavirus case

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HCMC reports another coronavirus case

The building where two Covid-19 suspects work on Pasteur Street, HCMC’s District 3 is isolated on May 18, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.


A woman working with a man who tested positive for the new coronavirus on Tuesday morning has also got infected, HCMC Health Department announced.

Her first test result arrived as positive Tuesday night after the city tracked down 59 people who have had contact with the 35-year-old man who lives in Thu Duc City, works at an auditing company District 3, and has tested positive at least twice.

According to the city’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the woman, 34, lives in Tan Kieng Ward of District 7 and also works at the auditing company.

She had visited northern Hai Phong City, a coronavirus hotspot, from April 24 to May 5.

She flew back to HCMC on May 5 on Vietnam Airlines flight VN1179 and ran a fever three days later. She bought medicine to treat herself and did not have her health checked at any healthcare facilities.

She took sick leave for three days after that and returned to work on May 11.

The city is tracing down passengers on the flight and people that have come into close contact with her.

The Thu Duc man has not been recorded by the Health Ministry as a Covid-19 patient.

He had visited Vinmec Hospital on Monday for symptoms including fever, coughing and sore throat and then his samples were taken for testing.

His mother, wife and two children who live with him have tested negative at least once.

For the ongoing Covid-19 wave that broke out in Vietnam three weeks ago, the health ministry has confirmed just one patient in HCMC. No new local transmission has been linked to the city for 75 days.

Nationwide, the new wave has seen 1,473 cases recorded in 28 cities and provinces.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hcmc-reports-another-coronavirus-case-4280114.html

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New Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Bac Giang

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A medical worker handles test tubes containing samples for Covid-19 testing. Vietnam reported 48 new domestic Covid-19 cases on Tuesday evening – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HCMC – Thirty-three out of 48 new domestic Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening, May 18, were detected in Bac Giang, keeping the northern province the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the fourth Covid-19 wave.

The new cases in the province are people that had close contact with Covid-19 patients and had been quarantined before testing positive.

The province accounted for more than half of today’s Covid-19 tally, with 96 cases out of the country’s total of 152.

Among the remaining cases, 13 were reported in Bac Ninh Province, while Dien Bien and Thai Binh provinces had one case each. They were detected at quarantine centers or areas that are currently under lockdown.

Up to now, Vietnam has reported 4,512 Covid-19 cases, including 1,473 domestic infections in 28 cities and provinces in the latest outbreak starting late last month.

Bac Giang and Bac Ninh have been hit the hardest by the fourth Covid-19 wave, with 507 and 306 cases to date, respectively.

The Ministry of Health has asked some frontline hospitals and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to help Bac Giang Province with Covid-19 testing. The province is now capable of performing some 1,500 Covid-19 tests a day.

Many localities such as Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Yen Bai and Hai Duong have sent medical workers and equipment to Bac Giang to help the province fight off Covid-19.

For Bac Ninh Province, the Health Ministry has asked Bach Mai Hospital to send experts and mechanical ventilators to Bac Ninh Province General Hospital to assist the hospital in treating Covid-19 patients and restrict sending patients to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82011/new-covid-19-cases-continue-to-surge-in-bac-giang.html

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