HCM City is tightening surveillance to detect illegal entrants from other countries, its People’s Committee chairman, Nguyen Thanh Phong, said at a meeting of the city Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on April 26.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long checks COVID-19 prevention equipment at the Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy on April 26.
“Violators have to be fined strictly. If not, the consequences will be severe.”
He also urged the public to comply with the Ministry of Health’s 5K message to wear masks, frequently disinfect hands, maintaining a safe distance, refrain from gatherings, and make health declarations.
People need to wear masks in public, entertainment areas and health facilities, or face a fine, he said.
Art events should strictly comply with COVID control measures, he said.
He called on offices, schools, health facilities, and others to provide hand sanitisers.
He instructed the Department of Health and the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control to tighten preventive measures at voting booths during the upcoming elections.
During the four-day holiday for Reunification Day on April 30 and Labour Day on May 1, hospitals should arrange staff for COVID-19 prevention and control, he said.
There would be no fireworks shows to celebrate Reunification Day and Labour Day this year, he said.
The head of the Department of Health, Nguyen Tan Binh, said the city had not recorded new cases of COVID for a while, but the risk of transmission remains high.
More than 7,800 medical workers in the city have got vaccinated, and starting this week personnel at Tan Son Nhat Airport will get their shots.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has instructed authorities in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to set up a field hospital.
Can Tho Central General Hospital, Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Can Tho City General Hospital are working together to set up the 800-bed facility.
The Ministry of Health has instructed Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City to help set up an ICU at the field hospital.
It will treat COVID-19 patients, especially severe cases, in the Mekong Delta instead of transferring them to Cho Ray as is currently done.
Another field hospital is under construction in Ha Tien City in Kien Giang Province and will open soon.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on April 27 stressed the need to continue with measures for COVID-19 prevention, detection, quarantine, sealing off, stamping out and effective treatment.
Vietnam is taking tough measures to prevent another Covid-19 outbreak after months without locally transmitted cases.