Nearly 90,000 samples in Quang Nam test negative for SARS-CoV-2

by NDO07 September 2020 Last updated at 15:22 PM

A medical worker operates a COVID-19 testing machine in Quang Nam. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Viet)
A medical worker operates a COVID-19 testing machine in Quang Nam. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Viet)

VTV.vn - Around 89,848 samples taken from a total of 89,944 local residents in Quang Nam have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The central province’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced that since July 25, the provincial health sector has collected 89,944 samples, of which, 96 were positive and 89,848 were negative for SARS-CoV-2.

To date, the Quang Nam Central General Hospital and Quang Nam Regional General Hospital have provided treatment to help 46 COVID-19 patients recover.

Around 55,643 cases subjected to medical quarantine have completed their isolation period, while 4,225 others are still under quarantine in the province.

On Monday morning (Sep 7), the steering committee announced that the People's Committee of Quang Nam Province has issued a new order on promoting measures regarding medical supervision and control COVID-19 in a new normal state.

The document clearly stated that despite the epidemic has been put under control in the province without no new positive cases, the transmission risk is still standing. Therefore, the province authorities urged all sectors and residents to be alert and properly adjust their lifestyle and behaviours in order to ensure the implementation of the dual goals of fighting against COVID-19 while promoting socio-economic development under the direction of the Prime Minister.

Quang Nam has called on its citizens to continue practicing COVID-19 preventive measures as suggested by the Ministry of Health. Local agencies have been urged to maintain supervision over the implementation of such measures in their units as well as in industrial zones, local markets, trade centres, supermarkets and tourist facilities.

The Provincial People's Committee also assigned the police force to maintain medical control posts, especially in the areas bordering Da Nang, to actively prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Quang Nam police maintains epidemic control posts at gateways to the province. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Viet)

Meanwhile, in the neighbouring city of Da Nang, local health authorities have released information about a suspected infection case after over a week without any local transmissions.

Regarding the suspected case, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control confirmed that the Da Nang man, 64, had a history of treatment at the Da Nang Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital (from June 29 to July 5) and Da Nang Hospital (from July 6 to 12). He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on September 5, but a day later, his next two test results showed negative for the coronavirus. Currently, Da Nang Health Department is testing more samples to confirm his condition.

Doctors care for patients undergoing treatment at Hoa Vang Field Hospital in Da Nang. (Photo: NDO/ Anh Dao)

As students nationwide officially enter the new school year this week, the Ministry of Health has offered seven key measures that students need to follow every day at schools to prevent COVID-19, including washing hands with soap and water (or dry hand sanitiser), covering nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing, not touching eyes, nose, or mouth, not sharing personal belongings, not spitting indiscriminately, discharging waste in the prescribed places, and notifying teachers immediately if they have a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty in breathing.

The northern port city of Hai Phong has decided to remove all COVID-19 control posts at the gateways to the city from September 7, while reopening trails, shortcuts and crossovers connecting the city with the neighbouring province of Hai Duong.

On September 6, Director of the Department of Health of Dong Nai Province Phan Huy Anh Vu announced that all 335 Vietnamese citizens repatriated from Australia on September 4 had their first negative results for SARS-CoV-2.

A health care worker collects a sample for SARS-CoV-2 testing from a Vietnamese citizen repatriated from Australia. (Photo: NDO/Thien Vuong)

They are in isolation at a local camp in An Phuoc Commune, Long Thanh District. As prescribed in the COVID-19 preventive regulations, on the 13th day of their quarantine, they will continue to be sampled for a second test before their discharge.


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