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Minister of Health: ‘The possibility of community infection in Bac Giang is very large’

Minister of Health: 'The possibility of community infection in Bac Giang is very large' 2

Minister of Health: ‘The possibility of community infection in Bac Giang is very large’

Leading the Ministry of Health delegation working with Bac Giang on the morning of May 18, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long said that the infection rate of this epidemic is higher than all previous times, the Indian variant has a frequency of transmission faster than the other variant.

`The possibility of infection in the community is very large. It has not been shown now, but it may be discovered in the next few days. Bac Giang will have to prevent the epidemic in parallel on the industrial park and community fronts,` Mr. Long stated clearly and reminded

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long led the Ministry of Health delegation to work with Bac Giang on the morning of May 18.

According to Mr. Mai Son, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Bac Giang province, the province has socially isolated Viet Yen district – where two outbreaks appeared and 3 communes of Yen Dung district.

Bac Giang sampled 100,000 workers in the industrial park;

Secretary of the Bac Giang Provincial Party Committee Duong Van Thai said that with support from the central government and other provinces, the province’s sampling speed is currently reaching 60,000 samples a day, but there is a backlog of 70,000 samples taken but not yet tested.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long requested Bac Giang to mobilize all forces for rapid antigen testing;

The Ministry of Health assigned the National Children’s Hospital, Hanoi Medical University Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital and the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to support Bac Giang with testing.

At an online meeting with the delegation of the Ministry of Health and leaders of Bac Giang province also this morning, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam directed Bac Giang to use PCR testing of pooled samples.

According to Mr. Dang Quang Tan, Director of Preventive Medicine Department (Ministry of Health), Bac Giang also needs to take samples on a large scale, not stopping at the epidemic center, but also paying attention to the community.

Lessons learned from Hai Duong in the past show that the general commander coordinating sampling areas is also very important, so the Ministry of Health assigned Associate Professor Dr. Tran Nhu Duong, Deputy Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

Along with that, the Ministry of Health will set up a special standing unit to fight the epidemic in the two provinces of Bac Giang and Bac Ninh, led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son as the general commander.

Minister of Health: 'The possibility of community infection in Bac Giang is very large'

The streets of Bac Giang on the morning of May 18 were deserted.

Regarding quarantine, Secretary of the Bac Giang Provincial Party Committee Duong Van Thai said that the province has more than 30,000 F1 in centralized facilities.

Minister Nguyen Thanh Long thoroughly `tried his best to force F1 to be quarantined`;

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam requested Bac Giang province to review worker housing areas, schools, and dormitories, and immediately install surveillance cameras in each room.

In addition, Bac Giang province must be flexible, not mechanical or rigid when applying social distancing measures in the area, including industrial parks according to Directive 15 or Directive 16.

The cessation of production and operation of industrial parks not only affects economic development, but during the time workers are off work, it will cause many difficulties for epidemic prevention and control management.

The experience of Da Nang City shows that it is still possible to maintain safe production operations of factories in industrial parks, but any factory or workshop that has been zoned, quarantined or blockaded must

Regarding the treatment of Covid-19 patients, Bac Giang leaders said the province is preparing about 600 beds to increase capacity to 1,600 beds.

The Minister of Health assigned the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Management, Bach Mai Hospital to set up at least 50 intensive care rooms at many different levels, completed this afternoon in Bac Giang.

Mr. Long reminded that Bac Giang province needs to develop a scenario of 3,000 infected people in the area.

Minister of Health: 'The possibility of community infection in Bac Giang is very large'

Volunteers from Hai Duong University of Medical Technology spent the night collecting samples for people in Nui Hieu village, Quang Chau commune (Viet Yen, Bac Giang).

This morning, the inspection team of the Ministry of Health visited Bac Giang Field Hospital No. 1 (on the basis of upgrading the Endocrine Hospital), where 165 positive patients are being treated and 137 medical staff are working.

The hospital determined to only treat basic Covid-19 patients, serious cases will be transferred for treatment elsewhere.

`Ensure nutritional care for patients and medical staff, not allowing infection inside the hospital will be very dangerous,` the Minister of Health advised the leaders of Field Hospital No. 1.

Bac Giang has become the largest outbreak in the country, currently recording 411 cases, mainly in industrial parks in Viet Yen district.

Currently, this province has two complicated outbreaks.

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