4 new cases in the last 24 hours
According to the Health Ministry's 6 am newsletter dated March 28 on the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, Vietnam recorded four new cases, all of which are imported and were immediately quarantined. Four new cases (no. 2587 to no. 2590) were isolated immediately after entry in Tay Ninh (2 cases) and Bac Ninh (2 cases).
The Health Ministry advised people to remain proactive in pandemic prevention and control by continuing to wear face masks when going out, disinfecting frequently, maintaining a safe distance, refraining from mass gatherings, and making medical declarations.
Better control of illegal immigration to prevent COVID-19
It is crucial to strengthen the management of immigration activities in border localities, while increasing support measures and cooperation with the localities, heard a meeting of the standing board of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hanoi on March 26.
According to a representative from the Ministry of Health, after six consecutive days with no new domestically-transmitted COVID-19 infections, on March 25, Vietnam saw two new cases who entered illegally the country. The ministry asked localities related to the new cases to promptly trace people having close contact with the patients and give them testing.
Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long underlined the need for border localities to work harder to supervise entry activities and draw out scenarios for COVID-19 testing, quarantine, and treatment, minimizing impacts on socio-economic situation and locals. The board asked ministries, sectors, and localities to create conditions for those who wish to enter Vietnam after receiving COVID-19 vaccine shots, with the strict implementation of preventive measures.
Amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, border guards of the northern province of Lao Cai have coordinated with their Chinese counterparts to strengthening patrol along the shared border. Vietnamese and Chinese patrolling forces have set up nine joint teams to prevent and combat cross-border crimes and end illegal immigration activities.
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HCMC wants all airport, quarantine center staff vaccinated
The HCMC health department has asked for 8,000 additional doses to vaccinate all staff at Tan Son Nhat airport and quarantine centers. The request was made by Nguyen Tan Binh, director of Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Health, in a Friday meeting with Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen.
Nguyen Chi Dung, Director of the HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC), said there were 40 hotels operating as quarantine centers, charging for the service. Some of them have had people test positive for the novel coronavirus. Therefore, the hotel workers need to be listed in the vaccination priority group, he said. The city has carried out vaccination programs at eight hospitals so far, administering over 1,200 shots. The first part of the program will be completed in mid-April.
Deputy Minister Tuyen agreed that people at high risk of getting infected should be vaccinated along with the medical staff. The city also needs to speed up its vaccination schedule and ensure careful screening, he said.
The national count reaches 2,590. Of the total, 1,603 are domestically-transmitted cases, including 910 infections since the third wave of outbreak hit the country on January 27. The death toll remained at 35.
Among the patients undergoing treatment, 30 have tested negative for the virus once, 38 twice and 57 thrice.
At present, a total of 45,163 people who had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are being under quarantine nationwide, including 482 in hospitals, 18,702 in state-designated establishments, and 25,979 others at their residences.
|Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (March 27): No new cases to report in the morning |
According to the Ministry of Health, from 6 pm March 26 to 6 am March 27, Vietnam records no new cases of COVID-19.
|Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (March 26): Two illegal entrants diagnosed with Covid-19 |
Two Vietnamese women returning home illegally through the southern coast were confirmed Covid-19 patients Friday morning.
|Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (March 25): Another morning with no new case to report |
No new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Vietnam over the past 24 hours, keeping the national count at 2,576, said the Ministry of Health.