The COVID-19 combat joined volunteerly by 5,500 youngsters in Da Nang

Some 5,500 young people in the central city of Da Nang, now the biggest COVID-19 hotspot nationwide, have volunteered to join the fight against the pandemic.    
July 30, 2020 | 15:19
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Youngsters work at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Da Nang in March (Photo: tuoi tre (youth) newspaper)

Some 5,500 young people in the central city of Da Nang, now the biggest COVID-19 hotspot nationwide, have volunteered to join the fight against the pandemic.

Of whom, more than 2,800 will be ready for activities to cope with the epidemic, while around 2,700 have registered for blood donation, in response to a campaign launched by the municipal Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

On July 29, the youth union also presented 10,000 face masks, 1,000 hand sanitizers bottles and 100 packs of bottled water to a dormitory in Hoa Hiep Nam ward, Lien Chieu district.

The city Department of Health said on July 30 that more than 750 medical workers and students in universities and colleges in the locality have signed up to battle the disease.

These medical workers will be sent to the disease control centre and seven health facilities in districts across the city.

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A medical staff disinfects Da Nang Hospital, which has been linked to at least 28 COVID-19 cases, July 26, 2020. (Photo: VnExpress)

Among, 43 locally transmitted coronavirus cases confirmed in Vietnam as from July 25, 34 are from Da Nang, while others have been reported in nearby Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces, the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City. Da Nang Hospital alone is now related to at least 28 patients.

Looking towards to Da Nang

Da Nang, a city of 1.1 million and a busy tourist hub, is now the country's largest novel coronavirus hotspot. Life in the central city has ground to a halt with streets empty and transport suspended July 28.

Flights to Da Nang have been suspended. Several localities in the country require those coming from the city to report to authorities and test for COVID-19. All passenger trains, buses and shipping services to and from Da Nang have also been halted.

Da Nang residents are required to stay home and only venture out for emergencies, buying food and medicine or working in factories, production facilities and businesses related to essential goods and services. Non-essential businesses like beauty salons, massage and karaoke parlors and bars are closed.

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Police and barriers in front of Hospital C in Da Nang on the night of July 27, 2020. (Photo: VnExpress)

Recently, netizens are constantly sharing posts, messages and photos with hashtags #StayStrongDaNang or #CoLenDaNang to encourage Da Nang city on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Be safe, Da Nang!", "Love Da Nang very much!", "Fighting! We will meet again after the pandemic”, etc. are the messages spreading online to encourage people of the Central Coast city.

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Photo texts: We will meet again after the pandemic. Photo: Dang Khoa.

In addition to spreading encouraging messages, netizens also shared the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic prevention instructions, urging people to follow local authorities’ instructions. Fake news is strongly condemned by the netizens.

Doctors from Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital and Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City were deployed to support Da Nang’s hospitals. Photos featuring medical teams working hard and participating in epidemic prevention and control are being shared on social media./.

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