Health ministry calls for keeping close watch on entrants as Omicron fears grow
15:46 | 06/12/2021
VGP – The Ministry of Health has called for keeping a close watch on foreign arrivals especially those from countries in Southern Africa in an effort to prevent the Omicron variant from spreading domestically. 

Units in charge of testing foreign arrivals for COVID-19 are required to strictly comply with preventive measures to avoid cross-infections at quarantine facilities and transmission from quarantine facilities to the community. 

Untruthful medical declaration or failure to abide by quarantine regulations will be strictly punished. 

The ministry urged localities to develop plans to respond to different pandemic situation, speed up vaccine rollout, and strictly control borders.

So far, Viet Nam has yet confirmed any case of Omicron transmission, according to the ministry.

As of December 5, the nation confirmed over 1.3 million COVID-19 infections, ranking 35th out of 223 countries and territories.

Medical facilities are treating 6,854  patients with severe conditions, including 4,618 people who are put on   oxygen  masks, 1,376 needing HFNC high-flow oxygen, 162 relying on non-invasive mechanical ventilators, 683 using invasive mechanical ventilators, and 15 supported by ECMO.

The COVID-19 death toll rose to 26,260, accounting for 2 percent of the national caseload.

Over 127 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the country, with 54 million having been fully vaccinated./.  

By Kim Anh 

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