42 new COVID-19 cases linked to National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hanoi raises warning to highest level

, 42 new COVID-19 cases linked to National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hanoi raises warning to highest level
  • Hanoi recorded five locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 42 others with links to an outbreak at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No. 2 in Dong Anh district on May 4-6.
  • Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung required raising the warning against COVID-19 resurgence in the city to the highest level at a meeting of the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 control.
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Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh revealed the information during a meeting of the city’s steering board for COVID-19 prevention and control on May 6 that, the city has recorded 42 COVID-19 cases recorded with links to Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

He also warned that Hanoi now faces a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission, as patients have complex travel histories and met with many people, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Regarding the outbreak at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No. 2, after a doctor tested positive for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the municipal Health Department conducted COVID-19 testing on all 827 staff at the hospital.

On May 5 and 6, there were 41 cases identified, eight of which were from Hanoi and the remainder from other localities.

Since April 29, the capital has logged nine locally transmitted cases and 42 linked to the hospital, with no fatalities.

The Hanoi steering board for COVID-19 prevention and control asked relevant agencies to provide updated information on the spread of COVID-19, especially at the hospital and other provinces experiencing outbreaks, such as Vinh Phuc and Ha Nam, in order to promptly mobilise forces to conduct contact tracing, testing, and quarantining in line with regulations.

Medical facilities in Hanoi are urged to stand ready to receive COVID-19 patients,  according to Vietnam News Agency.

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