Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced Sunday that all people flying into HCMC from Da Nang will be given Covid-19 tests when they arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Health authorities have also said that returnees should self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon their return, so that any risk of the pandemic spreading from Da Nang to HCMC can be minimized.
The People’s Committee of HCMC said in an announcement on Sunday that citizens returning from Da Nang from Sunday onward, would be subject to providing a compulsory health declaration and will need to submit to coronavirus testing.
The HCMC government moves have been in response to 11 cases of community transmission of the Covid-19 virus in Da Nang that were discovered last week and weekend. There were originally four people who had tested positive for Covid-19 last week, but on Monday, Da Nang authorities announced that this number had increased to 11 people after health workers at a local hospital also tested positive.
Prior to the discovery of the first case in Da Nang last week, Vietnam had gone for 99 days without a single locally transmitted infection.
In addition to the HCMC directives related to people returning from Da Nang, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) is working on the health declaration procedures, epidemiological investigation, and sampling process in all 24 districts of the city.
HCMC has also called on citizens to reinstate basic preventative measures including wearing masks in public areas, frequently washing their hands, not to gather in large groups and to practice basic social distancing.
Both office building and residential complexes in the city are also monitoring the health of people entering their buildings by having everyone undergo temperature checks and only allowing people to enter if they have face masks on.