Departments of education and training, schools, English centres and hotels are taking preventive measures against the spread of the deadly coronavirus which has killed 213 in China as of Friday.
|Staff at Lao Cai International Border Gate use machines to measure the body temperature of people entering Vietnam through the border gate. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Khanh|
Three Vietnamese people and two Chinese tourists have tested positive for the virus in Vietnam, as of Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.
Following instructions from the Ministry of Education and Training, all educational departments including Hanoi and HCM City departments of education and training have instructed schools to regularly clean and disinfect their facilities and environment to prevent the spread of the virus.
Day-boarding schools have been asked to wash sleeping mats and blankets, and clean rooms.
Students have been reminded to wash hands before and after going to the toilet and use preventive measures such as alcohol-based hand rubs or soap and water to frequently clean hands; cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or cough or sneeze inside a bent elbow; and avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
If students have a fever, they should stay at home, said Bui Thi Diem Thu, deputy head of the HCM City Department of Education and Training, adding that school staff should measure temperatures of their students.
Students in many provinces and cities will return to school next Monday.
Many schools have sent announcements about the disease and preventive measures to students and families.
At many schools such as Marie Curie Secondary High School and Phan Huy Chu High School in Hanoi, students and teachers will be provided dry handwashing products and soaps.
The city's Department of Tourism has instructed companies and accommodation facilities to carry out preventive measures. Travel companies should conduct surveillance of health of tourists who have gone to China’s Wuhan Province or transited there during their tours.
According to the Tourism Association of Khanh Hoa Province, most hotels in the province have instructed their guests to wash hands with soap. Many of them have provided free masks to their guests.
On Hon Tre Island in Nha Trang City, hundreds of sites for washing hands have been set up.
Public areas at tourism sites in the province have strengthened disinfection efforts. The province’s restaurants, shopping malls and enterprises have disinfected chairs, tables and others daily.
On January 30, the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) board of standing executive members decided to postpone the 12th VINACAS Golden Cashew Rendezvous planned for March 5-7 until the end of the acute respiratory infections caused by the new strains of the coronavirus. The new date and time of the GCR-2020 will be announced later.
At Tay Ninh Province’s border gates and industrial parks, a board set up for prevention of the disease has carried out strict surveillance via machines to measure body temperatures. — VNS
Vietnam is stepping measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed more than 130 people since it was first detected in China’s Wuhan Province.
The Ministry of Health will hold an urgent meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss measures to prevent the pneumonia outbreak after the country reported first two novel coronavirus infection cases.