A total of 68,049 people coming into close contact and returning from epidemic-hit areas are being place into isolation for health monitoring, while 11,884 cases are undergoing concentrated isolation at hospitals and other health facilities. The remaining cases are being in quarantine at home or at places of their residence.
According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, an additional five coronavirus patients were released from hospital on April 16 after going on to make a full recovery, bringing Vietnam’s total number of recoveries to 176.
The discharged patients are female employees of the Truong Sinh Company which provided catering services to Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital, a hot spot of the pandemic in the capital some weeks ago.
Meanwhile, two patients have been given the all-clear and were released from the Quang Ninh Hospital 2 in the northern province Quang Ninh.
All the patient are set to kept in quarantine to undergo 14 days of mandatory surveillance in line with regulations set out by the Ministry of Health.
To date, 7 cases have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once and 29 cases have tested negative for the virus twice.
At an earlier meeting on April 15, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed with the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control about the classification of localities across the nation into three groups – those with a high risk, a medium risk and a low risk of the novel coronavirus transmission.
Accordingly, the high-risk group covers 12 localities, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Tay Ninh and Ha Tinh. They are required to persist with the full implementation of Directive 16 regarding social distancing measures, until April 22 or April 30, depending on their respective real situations.
The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang has been added to the list of localities at a medium risk after the first new case in the province was confirmed to have contracted the virus on April 16 morning.