COVID-19: Three further community infections detected in Hai Duong on February 23

A further three community cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed on February 23 morning in Hai Duong, Viet Nam’s biggest coronavirus hotbed, raising the national count of local transmissions to 1,496, according to the Ministry of Health.
COVID-19: Three further community infections detected in Hai Duong on February 23
A COVID-19 control station in Hai Duong province. (Photo: VNA)

All of the new infections are F1 contacts related to previously confirmed patients in the outbreak of Kim Lien commune, Kim Thanh district, Hai Duong province where one of the first two cases in the nation's ongoing COVID-19 outbreak was found late last month when the virus recurred in the nation after almost two months.

Since then, the virus has spread to 13 cities and provinces, with Hai Duong reporting the highest number of local infections at 620, its neighbor Quang Ninh at 60.

In the face of the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hai Phong City, the Chairman of Hai Phong City People's Committee, Head of the provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has decided to carry out a score of urgent measures to swiftly contain the disease.

The Hai Phong City People's Committee has agreed to put three locations related to positive COVID-19 cases in lockdown and in medical quarantine to slow the spread of the virus among the community.

Meanwhile, the northern province of Hai Duong, the nation's biggest coronavirus hotbed, is poised to increase the testing capacity to 80,000 samples per day by mobilizing the maximum force to become involved in taking samples in order to meet this capacity and work out a plan to conduct the sampling based on three groups: high-risk, risked and low-risk.

Regarding the fresh outbreak in Hai Duong province's Kim Thanh district, the local health sector will step up contact tracing, zone off affected areas, conduct COVID-19 testing as quickly as possible with test results announced within the same day.

Kim Thanh district will also take samples of all employees working in enterprises in the area, while strictly complying with safety regulations regarding pandemic control set out by the Ministry of Health.

The national infection tally has gone up to 2,395, including 1,496 local infections, 899 imported ones, and 1,717 recoveries.

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(Source: VOV)