Hanoi is allowed to use quick test results to determine F0

The Ministry of Health allows Hanoi to determine F0 when there is a positive antigen rapid test result, instead of a positive PCR test.

This is the response of the Ministry of Health on December 12, after the Hanoi Department of Health proposed to comment on the use of antigen rapid test results to identify people infected with nCoV and determine their recovery status. discharge from hospital. This suggestion was made by Hanoi’s health sector last week, in the context of the complicated situation of the epidemic, the number of infections tends to increase.

Rapid antigen test is a method of taking samples of nasopharyngeal fluid for rapid testing, the results are available after 15 minutes, the accuracy is about 70-80%, so it is meaningful for screening and screening. The PCR test method is to take samples for testing by machine, with high accuracy, positive value for nCoV, but it takes more time than rapid test. Until now, according to the regulations of the Ministry of Health, PCR is still the main test method to identify a person with Covid-19. Recently, when the epidemic broke out strongly, the number of infections increased, Ho Chi Minh City and some southern provinces were also allowed by the Ministry of Health to use quick test results to determine F0, promptly apply preventive measures. suitable translation.

According to the Ministry of Health, in order to adapt to the new situation and ensure safety and flexibility in accordance with local conditions and resources, the Department of Health based on the level of the epidemic, response capacity and the Ministry’s guidance to identify cases.

Specifically, three cases to identify people infected with nCoV, including: Suspects or anyone with positive test by RT-PCR; suspect case, yes positive antigen rapid test result. Rapid test is licensed by the Ministry of Health and performed by medical staff or by suspected infected persons under the supervision of medical staff.

The third case is a person who has no symptoms, has epidemiological factors or has been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 for about 14 days, and the antigen rapid test is positive with two different types of rapid tests (the rapid test provided by the Ministry of Health). licensed and performed by medical personnel). In cases where only one type of rapid test is positive, an RT-PCR test is required for confirmation.

Also according to the guidance of the Ministry of Health, a person is considered cured when having a negative rapid test result performed by a medical staff or self-testing under the supervision of a medical staff, full 10 days of home treatment. will be ended isolation.

F0 at facilities for collection and treatment, even if there is an underlying disease, the discharge condition is that the clinical symptoms must be gone for three days or more; negative RT-PCR test results or CT viral load index of 30 or higher, or negative rapid test results before discharge date. After being discharged from the hospital, they self-isolate and are monitored at home/place for 7 days.

After recovering from Covid-19 and continuing to transfer to a specialized treatment department, regulations on screening and monitoring for inpatients will apply.

As of the evening of December 12, the Ministry of Health announced that Hanoi had a total of nearly 18,000 infections, of which on December 12 alone, the city had nearly 1,000 cases – the highest ever by day.

Le Nga