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COVID-19 Updates (September 29): Health Ministry updates protocols for priority COVID-19 testing

08:49 | 29/09/2020

The Ministry of Health has issued updated guidelines for priority COVID-19 testing to effectively make use of all available resources and detect and monitor new cases.

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Another morning Vietnam records no community cases. (Photo: MOH)

Another morning Vietnam records no community cases

The 6 am news of the National Steering Committee on the morning of September 29 said that Vietnam did not have any new cases of COVID-19 in the last 12 hours. The total number of people in quarantine and health monitoring is 15,897, of which 270 isolated in hospitals, 10,628 at other concentration facilities, 5,002 at home.

According to the report of the Treatment Sub-Committee, Vietnam has cured 999 out of 1,077 COVID-19 cases. Among COVID-19 patients being treated in medical facilities, 2 cases have the first negative test results with SARS-CoV-2, 4 cases twice and 13 cases thrice. The Treatment Subcommittee also revealed at this point Vietnam no longer have any severe COVID-19 patients.

covid 19 updates september 29 health ministry updates protocols for priority covid 19 testing
Health Ministry updates protocols for priority COVID-19 testing. (Photo: VNA)

Health Ministry updates protocols for priority COVID-19 testing

According to the ministry, there were 137 laboratories capable of conducting RT-PCR tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 in Viet Nam, with a maximum testing capacity of 51,125 samples per day. Of those laboratories, 75 are qualified to confirm COVID-19 cases with a maximum capacity of 40,550 samples per day. The guidance clarifies prioritization in three specific stages.

First priority is given to those who have close contact with suspected/confirmed cases, COVID-19 patients who are under treatment, and those who are hospitalized for having cough and at least one symptom of respiratory disease.

In the second stage with wide-spread infection in the community, first priority is given to those who have symptoms of critical pneumonia, high possibility of having COVID-19, symptomatic health workers/caregivers/ hospital staff or people who stay at collective accommodation like quarantine areas, campuses or nursing homes and have suspected symptoms of COVID-19.

Third priority is given to those living in high-risk areas and vulnerable groups. In the third stage without community infections and only imported cases are reported, first priority is given to those who had had close contact with suspected/confirmed cases, COVID-19 patients who are under treatment, and those who are hospitalized with a cough and at least one symptom of respiratory disease.

covid 19 updates september 29 health ministry updates protocols for priority covid 19 testing
Over 350 Vietnamese citizens return from US, Japan. (Photo: Vietnam Plus)

Over 350 Vietnamese citizens return from US, Japan

More than 350 Vietnamese citizens came home from the US and Japan on a repatriation flight of Vietnam Airlines on September 26-27. The passengers included children under 18, the elderly, people with illnesses, pregnant women, workers whose contracts have expired, students without accommodation due to dormitory closure and those in difficult circumstances.

Vietnam’s representative offices in the US and Japan exerted efforts to help Vietnamese citizens move to airports in San Francisco and Narita, and sent staffs to help them with pre-departure procedures.

Security, safety and hygiene measures were rigorously taken during the flight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Upon their arrival at Van Don Airport in northern Quang Ninh province, all the crew members and passengers were given medical check-ups and put under quarantine in line with regulations.

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