The five new cases are all Vietnamese citizens, with one working for Truong Sinh Co. Ltd. that provides services for Bach Mai hospital – a hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak in Hanoi. To date there have been 35 patients linked to Bach Mai hospital, of whom 24 work for Truong Sinh company.
Out of the new cases, one was exposed to the virus from another infected patient. The 55-year-old female chef of a petrol company in Hanoi was said to have come into close contact with her husband, mother, two children and the housemaid.
The three remaining cases tested positive for the virus after entering Vietnam from Thailand, the US and Russia which are all coronavirus-hit countries. They have been placed in strict quarantine upon their arrivals in the country.
As of 06.00am on April 1, Vietnam has recorded a total of 212 cases of the coronavirus, with no fatalities. Fifty-eight patients have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.
The remaining patients are being treated at 22 health facilities across the country, dozens of whom have tested negative for the virus. Four patients under intensive care have shown signs of health improvements, according to doctors.
Faced with a high risk of community infection, the Prime Minister on March 31 released a decree on social distancing measures which comes into force as 00.00hrs on April 1 and will last until April 15.
Residents are required to stay at home as much as they can and only go out to buy food or medicine and they must keep at least two meters from others.
Vietnam also temporarily suspends cross-border movement for people at the main border gates, secondary border gates, cross-border roads, trails and other openings at the Vietnam-Cambodia and Vietnam-Laos border areas.
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As soon as the decree was made public, many people rushed to supermarkets and wet markets to stockpile food for daily use. Many others also lined up at petrol stations to buy petrol.
Meanwhile, thousands of Vietnamese citizens living the Laos crossed border gates to the country of their origin, making it difficult for local authorities and border guards to execute immigration procedures and place them in concentrated quarantine camps.
To avoid misunderstanding, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung put residents at ease, explaining that “social distancing nationwide is not a lockdown and the situation remains under the government’s control”. According to him, the measure is aimed at minimizing real human interactions in society, thus helping to halt community infection.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade also warned people not to stockpile daily necessities, and assured them that Vietnam has abundant food supplies for local consumption.
Supermarkets were busy on March 31, with many people queuing for food, but shelves were largely full after they were emptied, VOV has learned.