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Deputy PM asks for steering resources to control COVID-19 cluster in Bach Mai Hospital

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on Saturday ordered Bach Mai Hospital, Ha Noi authorities and Ministry of Health to concentrate resources on controlling the hospital’s COVID-19 cluster.

March 28, 2020 8:54 PM GMT+7

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presides over a video meeting on COVID-19 prevention and control on March 28, 2020. Photo: VGP

     >>> PM issues directive on COVID-19 prevention and control

The hospital has emerged to be the biggest COVID-19 cluster in Viet Nam after detection of six infection cases linked to the hospital.

Dam, who is head of the Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control demanded a list of people who have visited the hospital since March 12 for prompt medical surveillance in order to prevent spread of the virus to communities.

On March 25, Bach Mai Hospital announced a plan to test nearly 4,000 medical staffs and around 1,000 patients after two female nurses and one patient of the hospital had contracted the virus.

Data source: The Ministry of Health

As of Saturday afternoon, Viet Nam confirmed 174 infection cases, of whom 21 have recovered and exited hospitals.

Of the total infection cases, 158 have been reported since March 6, prompting the Government to tougher measures to staunch the COVID-19, including ban of gatherings of over 20 people and suspension of non-essential services from March 28 to April 15.

Deputy PM Dam called on people to stay indoor as much as possible, keep distance from others and wear facemasks at public places, wash hands regularly, keep houses clean, and report medical status./.

By Quang Minh