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HCM City strengthens COVID-19 prevention in apartment buildings

VNA VNA

12:51 | 16/02/2020

The Construction Department of Ho Chi Minh City has issued a document urging People’s Committees of 24 districts in the city to intensify epidemic preventive measures at apartment buildings amid the complicated development of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Some apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)


The document called for the fumigation of apartment buildings and the close monitoring of the movement of residents, especially in buildings with foreign tenants.

Those who come from or travel through China should be quarantined in line with the Health Ministry’s guidance, it said, adding that any suspected case must be promptly reported to the local medical agency for quickly quarantine and treatment.

The department also asked management boards of apartment buildings to guide tenants in how to prevent virus transmission and avoid organising events with large number of participants.

According to the department, there are 1,440 apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh with more than 140,000 apartments.

The city so far reported three confirmed cases of COVID-19, two of whom, a pair of Chinese father and son who were the first COVID-19 cases in Vietnam, have been cured.

Vietnam has so far confirmed 16 cases of the viral infection. Among them, seven have fully recovered. They were all treated for free.

Local officials in HCM City and Hanoi announced on February 14 that schools will remain shut for at least another week due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

The move means schools, universities and colleges in the country's two biggest cities will have been shut for a full three weeks after the end of the Lunar New Year holiday./.

VNA