Self-quarantine ordered by proactive authorities

15:53 | 13/02/2020
While the Vietnam National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has successfully cultivated and isolated the novel coronavirus in the laboratory, many apartments and industrial zones in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are urged take preventive measures and put residents under medical quarantine at home if they recently travelled to China or came in close contact with infected patients.
self quarantine ordered by proactive authorities
Foreigners who recently travelled to critical areas are being urged to stay home

Two out of twelve districts in Hanoi, Thanh Xuan, and Ha Dong have announced to order medical isolation for people that have visited an area of the current coronavirus epidemic, regardless of whether they are infected with the respiratory disease.

Accordingly, the People’s Committee of Nhan Chinh ward in Thanh Xuan district ordered self-quarantine for 26 cases, mostly foreigners, for fourteen days from the date they entered Vietnam.

Meanwhile in Hadong district, Van Phuc ward ordered medical isolation for two people currently residing in Goldsilk Complex. Phu Lam ward also decided to order the same measurements for a citizen from China who currently resides in the social housing area for monitoring.

Elsewhere, other apartment buildings are also home to many foreigners, such as an apartment complex in My Dinh where the management board constantly updates the health status of residents and is prepared to take timely measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Hateco Apollo apartment management in the same district announced that residents who go in and out of the building must wear a face mask. Households that are rented to foreigners must also register with the building management.

Mipec Riverside apartments in Long Bien district also posted notes at elevators for quick updates. The management board of VOV Me Tri apartment in South Tu Liem district issued a notice asking residents to wear a medical mask when entering and leaving the apartment, to avoid crowds, and regularly wash their hands with soap and clean water, or alcohol-based hand sanitisers. In the high-class apartment building Vinhomes Green Bay, where many foreign guests rent apartments, the management has conducted a general cleaning and disinfection of public areas such as apartment halls, elevators, and corridors.

More than 1,000 Chinese experts, managers, executives, and workers living and working in industrial areas in Ho Chi Minh City are also being monitored and have been put under quarantine.

According to Le Minh Tan, director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, workers from Wuhan city and Hubei province will be admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City for surveillance. Workers in other provinces are advised to quarantine themselves within 14 days in hotels and apartments and work remotely instead of going to their companies work. Also, business owners must arrange separate areas for employees living in factories and enterprises.

By Hoang Oanh

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