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Hanoi tests more than 50,000 people back from Danang

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The health ministry said it will test the entire 1.1 million population of Danang for the coronavirus. VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY/VIET NAM NEWS

Hanoi tests more than 50,000 people back from Danang

Hanoi authorities have traced more than 72,000 people who returned to the Vietnamese capital from Danang since July 8.

Nearly 50,000 of them have undergone rapid testing for Covid-19, of whom 11 tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus in the first instance.

After confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, 10 obtained negative test results while one is pending.

Municipal Department of Health director Nguyen Khac Hien on Saturday said all 127 people who had interactions with the two infected people in Hanoi, Patient 447 and Patient 459, have tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

However, they will be tested again. Meanwhile, they will be placed under close medical observation.

Hanoi Centre for Disease Control deputy director Truong Quang Viet said some health stations in the city have been overloaded and test kits are running out due to the increasing number of people registering for rapid testing.

The centre has sent 78,000 test kits out of the 80,000 available to health stations, thus there are only 2,000 kits left in stock.

The municipal Department of Health is requesting the Ministry of Health to provide another 20,000 testing kits.

Hanoi had encouraged people who have returned from pandemic-hit areas to declare their health conditions. Those with signs of cough, fever, shortness of breath must immediately contact medical facilities.

The city’s authorities said some people continued their tours to many provinces in the central region after visiting the beach city and it was necessary to get their medical declarations together with those who returned from Danang by road and rail.

A working group consisting of experts from the Hanoi Medical University have volunteered to go to Danang city to participate in training and supporting testing procedures for Covid-19.

The members of the working group are key experienced staff of the university who have tested nearly 10,000 samples at the university’s lab during the pandemic.

Ta Thanh Van, principal of the university, said the team will go to the central province and stay there for as long as required.

The health ministry on Sunday said it will test the entire 1.1 million population of Danang for the coronavirus, as reported by the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

More than 800,000 people had travelled to the coastal city since July 1 and returned to their home provinces and cities, it said.

Meanwhile, the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control confirmed the country’s sixth coronavirus death on Sunday evening.

The 53-year-old woman, known as ‘Patient 429’, is from Danang. She had several underlying conditions including chronic renal failure, diabetes and heart issues.

She was treated for chronic renal failure at Danang Hospital from July 19-30. She tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus on July 27.

She had breathing difficulties and suffered an acute respiratory failure on Saturday and had to undergo endotracheal intubation.

The patient had to undergo continuous dialysis and was put on a ventilator on Sunday. She stopped breathing and was pronounced dead at 4:30pm.

The cause of death has been announced as acute heart failure, heart attack, chronic renal failure and diabetes with Covid-19 infection.

Nearly 280 Vietnamese citizens from 24 European and African countries were brought home on Sunday, with their flight landing at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The flight was arranged by Vietnamese and French authorities, and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

Also on Sunday, more than 230 Vietnamese citizens in Thailand were brought home on a flight organised by Vietnamese and Thai authorities and budget carrier Vietjet Air.

More flights are expected to be organised to repatriate overseas Vietnamese citizens according to their wishes, the pandemic situation and quarantine capacity at home.

A total of 230 Vietnamese citizens were flown home from the Republic of Korea by a flight of budget carrier Vietjet Air on Saturday.

Right after landing at the airport, all passengers were given health check-ups and then sent to quarantine areas under current regulations.

VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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