Hanoi sets up 10 quick COVID-19 testing stations

17:16 | 31/03/2020
Hanoi has decided to establish 10 quick coronavirus (COVID-19) testing stations to carry out mass testing after several infections were discovered among patients and visitors to Bach Mai Hospital several days ago.
hanoi sets up 10 quick covid 19 testing stations
Every station's are is 3x3 metres in line with the WHO standards. Photo: VNA

On Monday, Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung ordered the city’s Health Department to set up 10 teams and arrange 10 quick COVID-19 test stations around Bach Mai Hospital to carry out mass testing after the hospital became the country’s main COVID-19 hotspot, with 25 infections.

The Center for Disease Control, which received 5,000 rapid test kits from the Ministry of Health on March 29, will begin conducting rapid testing immediately.

"The kits will show results in 10 minutes through blood samples," Chung said.

Hanoi, with 77 COVID-19 infections, is the locality with the highest number of cases among Vietnam's 194.

hanoi sets up 10 quick covid 19 testing stations
At the stations in Dong Da Secondary School, every people sitting with the distance of 2 metres queuing for test. Photo: VNA

Of the 194 patients, 55 have been discharged from hospital so far, including the largest single batch of 27 patients from Bach Mai hospital on Monday morning.

Many of the currently active cases are Vietnamese nationals returning from Europe and the US, foreigners coming from the same regions, and those who had come in contact with both groups of people.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 34,000 people after spreading to 199 countries and territories so far.

hanoi sets up 10 quick covid 19 testing stations

As of noon March 31, almost 200 people have been tested at Dong Da Secondary School, which is not far from Bach Mai Hospital, with no reports of infection so far. Hanoi is planning to set up stations across the city, at every hospital and crowded areas (Photo: VNA)

By Nguyen Huong

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