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Bac Giang urged to accelerate COVID-19 testing

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the northern province of Bac Giang to accelerate COVID-19 testing process as it is the current biggest COVID-19 hotspot in Viet Nam.

05/18/2021 17:03

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the online meeting with leaders of Bac Giang Province, May 18, 2021. Photo: VGP

Speaking at an online meeting with the local leaders on Tuesday, Vu, who is head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, also asked the locality to install cameras at all centralized quarantine sites to strengthen management of these areas.

The locality needs to maintain operations of companies located in industrial parks where precautious measures are strictly observed, the Deputy PM said.

The number of newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases from May 1 to 7:00 pm on May 18

Bac Giang has been hit hardest by the four wave of local transmissions with 507 local cases confirmed as of 7:00 pm on Tuesday. It had to impose social distancing on Viet Yen district and halt operations of four industrial parks namely Van Trung, Dinh Tram, Song Khe-Noi Hoang, and Quang Chau.

The province identified 6,581 F1 individuals (who came in close contact with confirmed cases) and 30,654 F2 individuals as of late May 17.

Le Anh Duong, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said Viet Yen district is the high-risk zone as it is home to many industrial parks with around 100,000 workers.

All the workers in the district have tested at least one, Le added.

In a bid to help Bac Giang contain COVID-19 outbreaks at industrial parks, several localities, including Ha Noi and Quang Ninh have sent their experienced health workers there to assist in collecting COVID-19 test samples./.

By Quang Minh