Hanoi people advised to stay at home until March 31

15:54 | 19/03/2020 Events

Chairman of the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung recommended that Hanoi people should remain at home, limit social contact and avoid the use of public transport until the end of March amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 virus.

Chairman of the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung chaired the meeting on March 18

The Hanoi leader made the recommendation on March 18 while chairing a meeting of the Hanoi Steering Committee on the prevention and control of the epidemic.

He also asked companies to create conditions for their employees to work from home, adding that the city is proactively controlling the number of passengers entering Vietnam and cases of cross-contamination.

Hanoi has confirmed 15 COVID-19 cases, as of 15:00 on March 18, who are now receiving treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District.

More than 2,000 people are being isolated at the nine concentrated isolation areas in Hanoi while the number of passengers entering Vietnam through the Noi Bai International Airport has increased sharply over the past few days, creating huge pressure on quarantine and testing work.

The city receives 600 - 1,000 overseas Vietnamese back home every day, and they will be isolated in concentrated isolation areas.

Chairman Chung noted that the epidemic has grown very complicated around the world, stressing that if the city does not reshape its tasks, it will take a lot of effort and resources, with the possibility of shortages of resources for the next period of fighting against the disease.

Students at all levels in Hanoi will continue to remain at home until April 5 amid the unpredictable development of the epidemic.

Vietnam reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on March 18, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 76. All 10 of the patients are passengers that entered Vietnam by air.

Theo NDO