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Hanoi short of Covid-19 rapid test kits; people urged to self-monitor
On Monday afternoon, Vietnam’s capital ran out of its rapid test kits for the coronavirus. The number of Danang returnees exceeded the predicted 21,000, with 88,000 people (and counting) coming back home since July 8, according to Thanh Nien News.
The city has screened over 70,000 people, leaving 18,000 untested as of Aug. 3. The kits work by examining blood droplets, with results available in just 10 minutes.
Analysis shows that the current infection rate in Danang spreads 15-16 times faster than Hanoi in the previous wave (on average, 8.6 cases per million in Hanoi, 125 cases per million in Danang).
However, the level of testing in Danang is lower than Hanoi, meaning there is still potential risk for community transmission.
With only two non-imported cases in Hanoi – a man from Nam Tu Lien District and a man in Tay Ho District – the capital is considered “low risk.” However, people must still remain alert and self-monitor.
“Looking at the cases in Vietnam and the world, we see that although some get tested as negative after 2-3 days of contact with an infected source, it can come out as positive on day 11-12”, said Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the People’s Committee.
This morning, the Ministry of Health reported another two cases of nCoV, both are from Quang Nam Province and have roots to Danang Hospital.
This brings the total ‘active’ cases to 286. There have been eight deaths so far. Eleven are in critical condition.
Worldwide, there have been 18 million cases of the coronavirus in over 200 countries and regions.