Special task force sent to Vietnam province as 16th Covid-19 case is confirmed

15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | | 7:17 AM Print This Post

A special task force and two working teams are in the northern province of Vinh Phuc from Thursday (February 13) to help with the fight against the acute respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19), the Ministry of Health has said.

Deputy minister Ð? Xuan Tuyen said the national steering committee for prevention and control of acute pneumonia caused by Covid-19 has set up a special task force to work on the prevention and control of the epidemic in Vinh Phuc Province.

The teams will work round-the-clock from February 13, assisting in zoning off high-risk areas and environmental hygiene, as well as medical treatment, he said.

Vinh Phuc is one of the first localities in the country to confirm cases of the virus. By Thursday, 11 cases of Covid-19 infection have been confirmed, including nine in Binh Xuyen District, one in Tam Ð?o District and one in Tam Duong District.

The latest case to test positive for coronavirus on Thursday was a 50-year-old man in Son Loi Commune, Binh Xuyen District in Vinh Phuc Province. He is the father of a 23-year-old patient among eight Vietnamese workers sent to Wuhan for training last November and confirmed positive for the virus in January.

The patient, as well as other family members, had been quarantined. During the quarantine period, the patient showed no symptoms of fever, coughing or breathing difficulty.

Earlier, the 49-year-old mother and 16-year-old sister of the patient were infected with the virus and are being treated at a local health centre.

Tuyen said the priority was zoning off and quarantining affected areas to stamp out the epidemic.

Seven checkpoints have been set up along all roads of the affected areas. Vehicles must be sprayed with disinfectant to prevent the virus from spreading, he said.

All activities with large crowds have been suspended and schools will be shut until February 22.

A public awareness campaign has been launched to encourage people to regularly wash their hands and wear medical masks, while schools, hospitals, households and residential areas are being disinfected.

From February 13, the province will zone off and quarantine affected areas in Son Loi Commune, Binh Xuyen District, for 20 days.

As of Thursday, the death toll from the coronavirus has climbed to 1,363, nearly all of the fatalities in China, and total confirmed cases worldwide surpassed 60,100.



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