Vietnam: Children under five allowed to be quarantined at home in hot spot Bac Giang Province; cases still rising

Children quarantined at Viet Tien Commune's kindergarten, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province, during lunchtime. Some are accompanied by their relatives, some are on their own. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, June 6 (VIetnam News/ANN): Children under five years old in Bac Giang who had close contact with Covid-19 patients can now be quarantined at home provided that all pandemic prevention requirements are met, according to an urgent notice from the health ministry to the northern province, which is being hard hit by the virus.

The notice, signed by deputy health minister Nguyễn Trường Sơn on Saturday, provided new instructions for medical quarantine for children under 15 years old in the northern province, which has become Vietnam’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot during the fourth wave of infections since late April.

The move aims to guarantee a safe and convenient living environment for children during the quarantine period, reduce pressure on overloaded quarantine sites and prevent cross-infections.

Children under 15 years old are required to be quarantined for 21 days. Those under five can quarantine entirely at home if all preventive requirements against the spread of the coronavirus are met.

Those aged 5-15, meanwhile, must stay at concentrated quarantine sites for seven days and can complete the rest of their quarantine at home if they test negative for the virus three times during the first seven 7 days.

The number of Covid-19 cases confirmed in the latest wave of outbreaks since April 27 in Vietnaam has hit 5,561 as of Sunday noon, more than half of which were recorded in Bac Giang.

Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded 206 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, including 201 locally transmitted and five imported, bringing the total tally to 8,747, according to the Ministry of Health.

Among the community cases, 121 were detected in the northern epidemic hotspot Bac Giang province, 40 in the nearby Bac Ninh province, 31 in the southern Ho Chi Minh City, and five in the central Ha Tinh province.

Most of them are contacts of previously confirmed cases or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.

Nationwide, as many as 3,368 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered from the coronavirus epidemic, up by 58 from Saturday, and over 183,900 people are being quarantined and monitored, the ministry said.

As of Sunday, Vietnam has recorded a total of 7,191 domestically transmitted - Vietnam News/ANN
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