Progress of large-scale COVID-19 screening accelerated in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang

by NDO29 May 2021 Last updated at 13:45 PM

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam chairs a virtual meeting with Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces on May 28.
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam chairs a virtual meeting with Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces on May 28.

VTV.vn - Amidst the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bac Ninh and Bac Giang are actively speeding up the progress of large-scale SARS-CoV-2 screening and testing to ensure safety in industrial parks and adjacent residential areas.

The information was heard during a virtual meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, the head the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, with the two aforementioned localities on May 28.

As of 12pm on Friday, Bac Ninh has recorded 712 infections with 40,277 F1 and F2 cases, with 445,419 samples taken for COVID-19 testing. The province is now continuing to do screening tests in venues of outbreaks, and implementing measures to closely monitor hostels, especially those accommodating a large crowd of workers.

In addition to conducting more tests to clean COVID-19 outbreaks in industrial parks and adjacent residential areas, Bac Giang is implementing large-scale screening tests in the areas that have not been hit by the pandemic along with the districts without the imposition of social distancing rules. Currently, two local enterprises have resumed production in the spirit of ensuring absolute safety. It is expected that another 10 businesses will return to work in the coming days.

* Vietnam logged 87 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the 12 hours prior to 6am on May 29, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH). Of the total, 57 were reported in Bac Giang, 27 in Bac Ninh, one in Bac Lieu, one in Gia Lai, and one in Hanoi’s Hospital K.

As of May 29 morning, Vietnam documented a total of 6,657 COVID-19 cases, including 5,164 domestically transmitted and 1,493 imported ones. Report from the ministry’s Medical Examination Administration showed that the country has seen 2,896 recoveries and 47 deaths related to the disease.

The MOH also reported that eight provinces nationwide have gone 14 days without detecting new infections, namely Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue.

* On May 28, Standing Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Le Hong Son signed Document No. 1645/UBND-NC asking organisations, dignitaries, monks, officials and followers of religions and beliefs operating in Hanoi to stop the organisation of religious and belief activities at religious and belief facilities and the gathering of groups for concentrated religious activities from 0:00 on May 29 until further notice.

The document was issued in the context of the pandemic evolving complicatedly in the capital with new clusters of cases without identifying infection sources, and new cases all traced to a registered religious sect in Ho Chi Minh City.

* On Friday, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long had a virtual meeting with the Zuellig Pharma company to discuss the possibility and conditions for the provision of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for Vietnam.

Long suggested Zuellig Pharma supply vaccines to Vietnam as soon as possible at the most reasonable price in order to promptly and effectively respond to the pandemic. The representative of Zuellig Pharma has committed to soon discuss Vietnam’s proposals with Moderna.

* On May 28, the People’s Committee of Thai Binh Province held a meeting with the local steering committee for the 2021 High School Graduation Examination to discuss some proper organisation plans in the context of COVID-19 prevention and control.

Statistics show that 22,948 contestants across the province have registered to participate in the examination. The provincial Department of Education and Training is expected to arrange 1,005 exam rooms, 96 waiting rooms and 35 preventive exam rooms across 35 exam sites.

* In its document issued on Friday, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour decided to reschedule the payment of trade union fees until December 31 regarding the pandemic-hit enterprises.


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