Awareness is key to keeping safe in Ha Noi in the new normal after COVID-19: Experts

Update: 10:20 | 21/10/2021
Experts believe that when Ha Noi gradually moves to the “new normal” after COVID-19 outbreaks, citizens’ awareness is the most important factor to prevent the pandemic from spreading again.
Awareness is key to keeping safe in Ha Noi in the new normal after COVID-19: Experts
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The Ha Noi Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) on October 16 night reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, and 10 of them had come from COVID-19-affected areas.

On October 14, a number of activities and services in Ha Noi re-opened after the pandemic was brought under control, including buses, taxis, museums, parks, hotels and restaurants. The services had been temporarily halted for more than three months.

Khong Minh Tuan, deputy director of CDC Ha Noi, said that other provinces and cities across the country had gradually re-opened for the new normal situation.

The fact that Ha Noi may have new cases is something that could be predicted in advance.

“It is important that the new cases are supervised and tested immediately. It depends on people’s awareness. If they use airlines, all passenger lists will be supervised. But at present, many others travel by other means and ignore medical declarations when returning to their hometown, it poses a high risk for the community,” he said.

Tuan advised people to follow guidance about quarantine at home and make medical declarations to avoid spreading the pandemic to their families and the community.

Agreeing with him, associate professor Nguyen Huy Nga, former director of the General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, said that the occurrence of new cases, or unvaccinated cases returning from affected areas, will pose a risk of spreading the virus if preventive measures are not well implemented.

Those could affect children or vaccinated people who have weak resistance and elderly people, leading to new outbreaks, he said.

Nga added that it would not be as critical as in HCM City and southern provinces because nearly all people in Ha Noi had received the first dose of vaccine, and 50-60 percent of them had received the second dose.

The new normal situation would lead to new outbreaks, but would not affect the capital city’s work in pandemic prevention and control, he said.

“People returning from pandemic-affected areas must strictly follow preventive measures. Violators must receive a penalty. Municipal authorities should closely supervise people coming from different areas,” said Nga.

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(Source: VNA)