HÀ NỘI Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Vũ Đức Đam on Sunday requested compulsory health declarations for all peoplw to enter the country to start on March 10 at the latest. He made the announcement in a meeting on Friday of the steering committee.
The new regulation to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) applies to both foreigners and Vietnamese nationals. The Deputy PM also requested measures to be applied to prevent Vietnamese citizens from leaving the countries and travelling to countries where COVID-19 infection has been reported, and advised citizens to only travel abroad when absolutely necessary.
He asked the Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Health, Việt Nam Social Security and all network providers to plan and prepare technological tools so the declarations can be done online across the country.
The declaration can be filled in online at suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte or on paper at the airports before boarding.
Compulsory health declaration is required after a Vietnamese woman ignored the request when she returned to the country from a European trip that included a visit to Lombardy, an epicenter in Italy.
After she tested positive with the new coronavirus on March 6, Vietnam found 13 more cases within two days, including 10 on the same Vietnam Airlines flight as her.
Vietnam has identified crew members and passengers of the flight and applied quarantine and medical check.
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam predicted that the number of infection cases will continue rising in the days ahead.
The northern province of Quang Ninh has become the first locality to require the health declaration. Since March 8, around 300,000 residents in Ha Long city have filled out medical inquiries after four foreign visitors got infected with the virus. The visitors were on board the same plane from London to Hanoi as the woman who was the first infected case of Hanoi.
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