New outbreak in two small alleys in Hanoi

HanoiIn four days, 110 infections were detected at lanes 328 and 330 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan Trung ward, Thanh Xuan district – forming a new outbreak.

On August 26, Mr. Khong Minh Tuan, deputy director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi, assessed that these two alleys are old residential areas with a very high population density, so many infections are caused. This outbreak was detected late, leading to a large number of cases, now being blocked, but the situation is still complicated.

Yesterday, the Hanoi Department of Health asked Thanh Xuan district to strengthen its forces, arrange posts in every corner of the blockade area of ​​lanes 328 and 330 Nguyen Trai. The district has set up at least 15 Covid-19 monitoring teams to control and promptly take samples for testing every 3 days to quickly isolate F0 from the community.

Noon 26/8, Hanoi recorded a new outbreak in Giap Bat, Hoang Mai with 12 cases, related to Ho Chi Minh City. There is currently no assessment or comment made by the CDC about this outbreak.

In addition, Hanoi has a number of large infectious outbreaks, including: outbreak in Dong Da district detected the first cases from the beginning of August, about 300 cases so far; Outbreak at HH4C Linh Dam building, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district discovered on 8/8; Currently, 43 cases of infection have been recorded.

According to Mr. Tuan, these outbreaks are similar in that they are densely populated areas, small alleys, narrow areas, so the possibility of contact is large. This is also a factor that causes many infections. “In order to fight the epidemic well, it is important for people who have been in contact with positive cases to voluntarily declare it to continue tracing and zoning out the epidemic,” Mr. Tuan said.

Isolation checkpoints lane 328 and lane 330 Nguyen Trai street, Thanh Xuan district, noon on 24/8. Photo:All Dinh.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Viet Hung (former Head of Department of Infection Control, Bach Mai Hospital) said, summarizing a number of epidemic clusters with high infectivity index, an average of one F0 infects 10-15 people. . This shows that the compliance with the distance in each apartment block, every corner, each family is not good; The application of blockade whenever a case is detected is not immediate, not to mention “F0 is still lurking somewhere outside the community”.

“Hanoi needs to overcome the situation outside of green in red. If F0 is detected today, it must be blocked immediately, it is too late to do it until the next day,” Mr. Hung said.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga (former Director of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health), the risk of disease outbreaks in Hanoi is always great. A few cases found in the community recently tested for a CT viral load of more than 30. “This means they have been infected for many days and may have infected many people,” he commented.

In addition, Mr. Nga said that infection in the family is a great risk. A person going out, coming home can be a source of infection, turning the family into a “viral incubator”. Therefore, people should limit their travel. If you must go out, wear a mask and wash your hands. When you come home, you should shower, wash and change clothes before coming into contact with people. Continue to observe the distance, isolate from home, to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Some epidemic prevention checkpoints have congestion and queues, which are places of great risk of disease transmission. This area needs to strengthen anti-epidemic measures to avoid congestion. The city has accelerated vaccination against Covid-19 for groups with high risk factors such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. “Hanoi must also have a plan to deal with outbreaks like Ho Chi Minh City so as not to be passive in terms of human resources and means, especially oxygen sources and ventilators,” Mr. Nga emphasized.

Thuy An – Chile


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